November 28, 2021

Lions Vs. Browns, Why Am I Watching?

I’m always watching the Browns, but I do regret watching last week’s game. Last week the Browns lost to the Patriots and the Lions tied the Steelers. This week the Cleveland Browns host the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium. What am I watching this week?

Browns Defense Vs. Lions Offense. The Lions are ranked 27th in total offense averaging 211 yards passing yards, 108 yards rushing yards and 16.7 points a game. Depending on the injury to Lions quarterback Jared Goff, the Lions may start QB Tim Boyle. Detroit has a big offensive line, however, they’ve allowed 27 sacks and are fifth in the league in QB hits. Prior to the Steelers game, the Lions changed their offensive philosophy and concentrated on running the ball. Against Pittsburgh, Detroit rushed for 229 yards on 39 carries and averaged 5.9 yards a carry, all season highs. If the Browns can stop the run, the Lions top two receivers are RB D’Andre Swift and TE T.J. Hockenson. Newly added WR Josh Reynolds will play his first game with Detroit. Hopefully, the Browns will give DT Sheldon Day and DT Tommy Togiai more game reps. Togiai, in garbage time last week, showed he needs to play more. The Lions are 30th in red zone offense and 31st on third-down conversions. A matchup to watch will be DE Jadeveon Clowney against Lions rookie RT Penei Sewell. When throwing the ball the Lions get 61% of their passing yards after the catch (sixth in the league), so the Browns will need to play tight coverage and tackle better. Last week the Steelers had 10 missed tackles. Other players to watch are DE Myles Garrett, LB Jeramiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB Anthony Walker, CB Denzel Ward and CB Greg Newsome.

Browns Offense Vs. Lions Defense. The Lions are ranked 28th in total defense allowing 244 passing yards, 136 rushing yards and 29 points a game. Detroit is 16th against the pass, 28th against the run, 30th at pressuring the quarterback, 31st on allowing third-down conversions and last in red zone defense. Opponents score touchdowns 78% of the time in the red zone. The Lions are led in tackles by LB Alex Anzalone with 57, sacks LB Trey Flowers with 1.5, and in interceptions by CB Amani Oruwariye with three. Detroit has a very young secondary and play a lot of cover two and cover three to protect their young corners. A matchup to watch is WR Jarvis Landry against Lions slot corner A.J. Parker. Parker allows a QBR of over 100 when targeted. With the return of RB Nick Chubb and RB Demetric Felton, the Browns need to run the ball and keep running the ball. Other players to watch are TE Austin Hooper, TE Davis Njoku, WR Donovan Peoples-Jones and WR Rashard Higgins.

Let’s face facts, the Detroit Lions are not a good team. However, they are a dangerous team for the Browns to play. No matter who they start at quarterback, they are going to try and run the ball against the Browns defense. Stop the run, pressure the quarterback, cause mistakes and control the game from the start. More importantly, finish strong. If NFL games ended at the end of the third quarter, the Browns would be 8-2. Everyone enjoy the game.

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