TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium
Weather: High 72, Low 60
Line: Detroit (-2.5)
The Detroit Lions are one of the surprise teams in the NFL this season. However, it’s no surprise to them that they are sitting at 3-2 atop the NFC North — high expectations have been placed upon them by coaches and people close to the organization. This team has the talent to make it to the playoffs much like it did two years ago, but a 4-12 finish in 2012 placed doubt in people’s minds about them being serious contenders. Matthew Stafford is coming off a tough loss in which the potent offense scored just nine points because of the tough loss of Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson from the pass game. Stafford has 1,524 yards and eight touchdowns on the season, connecting with Megatron 21 times for 312 yards and four touchdowns. Reggie Bush has been the perfect addition to the run game, running for 298 yards and a score while adding 204 yards and a touchdown to his receiving stats.
Suffering a tough loss at the quarterback position with Brian Hoyer going down with a season-ending ACL injury, the Cleveland Browns will have to go forward with the quarterback that seemingly was benched for Hoyer. Brandon Weeden was the starter of this team to begin the season, but after an 0-2 record and poor play all around, the Browns sat Weeden for a couple weeks after an apparent injury and traded top running back Trent Richardson. Fans were upset that the Browns were giving up on the season, but three straight wins has changed that. While most people wished Hoyer would have stayed healthy, Weeden will be leading this team for the remainder of the year. He has passed for 713 yards and two touchdowns while throwing three picks and completing just 54 percent of his passes. Jordan Cameron has emerged as an instant star on the offense at tight end, catching 33 passes for 396 yards and five scores.
Defensively, the Browns have one of the best squads in the league. Almost exact opposites of the offense in nearly every category, the defense allows just 18.8 points per game while allowing just 301.8 yards per game — both are top-10 marks. Detroit’s defense has not been as effective this season, but has kept the Lions in every game thus far. Allowing 392 yards per game is a number that will need to improve in order for this team to make a run at the postseason.
PREDICTION: Lions 34, Browns 28