Browns Vs. Lions: A With and Without Prediction and Narrative

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Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) walks off the field after failing a 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 22-9. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

We have previewed today’s Cleveland Browns Vs. Detroit Lions up front and the weapons. Now we look to predict the game results. As we noted in our previews the availability of Calvin Johnson is crucial for this game. In as much we give you our prediction for the game with Johnson in and with him out.

With Megatron

With Johnson in the game the Lions attempt to go deep early in the game and then open up the field against the aggressive Browns defensive line. A long screen play to Reggie Bush leads to a touchdown early in the game. The Browns on offense try to  limit mistakes by Brandon Weeden by running the ball early and often. The Browns find limited running lanes inside but rookie Bobby Rainey bounces outside leading to a field goal. The Lions hit a field goal and lead the game 10 to 3 going into halftime.

After halftime the Browns start to open up on offense leading to another field goal after a big pass play to Josh Gordon. On the next Lions possession, attempting to stem the tide, Stafford looks to make a couple big plays. This leads to a big turnover, either fumble by Stafford or INT, after big pressure from the Browns front 7. The turnover leads to a Jordan Cameron TD and a Browns lead of 13-10. The Lions answer in the fourth quarter with a touchdown to big 6’6″ receiver Kris Durham. A run based drive behind Willis McGahee leads the Browns down the field in the waning moments of the game. The Browns push a score over for a touchdown by McGahee.

Browns 20 Lions 17

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