Usually when we talk about both the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions, we are discussing bottom feeders of the NFL. If your favorite team in the league needed a win, it was a good bet they could get one by traveling to Michigan or Ohio.
This year might be a different story. If you haven’t noticed, but the Lions and Browns are atop their divisions and tied for first place.
No, you did not read this sentence wrong. It’s a new age and ne NFL and these new teams that appear ready to turn the corner. Now granted the NFL is only five weeks into the season and things can change like the winds across the Cuyahoga River.
There has to be a winner. There has to be a loser and maybe the best thing about that statement is the team that loses will still be a .500 franchise.
Here are three bold predictions for this surprisingly important clash of former has been franchises…
Weeden and Stafford put on a show
We know what Matthew Stafford can do. We have see glimpses of what Brandon Weeden can do on the field as well. In this contest, I am predicting 800 yards of passing offense.
We have seen the Browns become an offensive machine and a special teams dynamo. We know the Stafford to Calvin Johnson connection is pretty special. What if Weeden finds Josh Gordon on a few pass plays and makes Greg Little look like Mark Duper? This could be a shootout from the opening series of downs.
Detroit defense sacks Weeden six times
Defense will be served as well. Forget the running game and he pass protection. While the yards in the air might be plentiful, there will be plenty of pressure from Nick Failey and Ndamukong Suh. The middle of the Detroit’s defensive front and the speed of the ends have been impressive this season.
This is a time when Cleveland had five Joe Thomas’s to protect Weeden and his blind side.
Jordan Cameron scores in overtime to give Browns the win
I am on the Jordan Cameron band wagon. So should you be as well. I think he might be the best tight end to come along with his size and speed set since Pete Mitchell played with the Jaguars.
Look for Weeden to use Gordon and Little on the outside and then find Jordan in the middle of the end zone to give Cleveland a 4-2 record on the season and the Dawg Pound a reason to believe in something special this season.
Yes, these Browns are for real.