DETROIT (ninety two.three The Fan) – The Browns and Lions rivalry dates again to the 1950’s when the two groups met four occasions within the NFL championship recreation, with Detroit profitable three of them, and never simply the ‘Nice Lakes Basic’ of current preseason fame.
Cleveland is zero-eight for a second straight season and 1-23 in 2 years beneath Hue Jackson, whose future doubtless depends upon how the workforce performs within the second half, which begins Sunday afternoon at Ford Subject. The Browns are four-forty one of their final forty five video games, matching the Lions (2007-10) for the worst stretch in league historical past. In 2008, Detroit turned solely NFL staff to date to go zero-sixteen however the Browns might problem it for a second consecutive yr.
Right here’s what to observe for when the groups kick off at 1.
– Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer hasn’t thrown a landing move since a Week three loss at Indianapolis and he has thrown simply three TDs and eleven interceptions, which is tied for the league-worst in 7 begins. Kizer might want to be careful for Lions security Glover Quin has 19 interceptions since 2013, tied for the second most within the league.
– The pink zone. Offensively the Browns have scored simply 12 occasions – 9 touchdowns, three-of-four on area objectives and turned it over 6 occasions and as soon as extra on downs this season. Jackson wants Kizer to supply factors contained in the 20 to remain on the sector and place the Browns to get that elusive first win. Defensively the Browns have seen opponents breach their 20 23 occasions, stopping them simply as soon as, which got here on objective-line stand a number of weeks in the past however Gregg Williams’ unit has did not create a single turnover. Of the 22 scores Cleveland has allowed, 17 have been touchdowns they usually’ve allowed all 5 subject aim tries.
– Browns rookie defensive finish Myles Garrett returns to to the lineup after lacking the Oct. 29 recreation in London as a consequence of a concussion. The highest general decide from this yr’s draft has a workforce-main four sacks in simply three video games however he has been suffering from accidents since coaching camp started.
– Cleveland security Jabrill Peppers is again after lacking 2 video games with a toe damage. Sunday’s recreation in Detroit will probably be homecoming of types for Peppers, who starred at Michigan.
– The Browns’ protection is ranked ninth general permitting on common 313.5 yards per recreation and fourth towards the run surrendering eighty four.three yards per recreation on the bottom after being ranked thirty first in each classes final season.
– Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, picked first general in 2009, is making an attempt for third straight recreation…