Lions Defeat the Browns: Where FoS Was Right, Wrong

Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski yells after the Browns received a roughing the passer penalty against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Lions won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Matchup Preview: Offensive Lines versus Front 7s

In that article we matched up each offensive lines versus the opposing Front 7s. We gave the advantage to both defensive Front 7s as we saw dominate defenses and adequate lines.

Where we were right: The Lions line had a big impact on the game but not the big plays we expected. The one play that they were able make a game changing play when they forced Brandon Weeden out of the pocket leading to him throwing the underhand INT.

Where we were wrong: The Browns defensive line did not get pressure on Stafford with only 1 sack, where Stafford was forced to run out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage. The Browns offensive line did provide some adequate protection and running lanes, especially in the second quarter.

Matchup Preview: Offensive Weapons versus Their Defenders

Here we previewed both weapons and their defenders. We gave the advantage to the Lions at QB and with Reggie Bush. We gave the Browns the advantage with their WRs and TEs and against the Lions WRs and TEs. We considered the Browns rushing game against the Lions linebackers a push.

Where we were right: The Browns WRs played well against the bad Lions DBs. Stafford was far better at QB then Weeden, which might not be saying anything. Bush had an amazing second half both on the ground and in the passing game.

Where we were wrong: The Browns couldn’t contain their tight ends and didn’t use Jordan Cameron well at all. The Browns didn’t use McGahee much in the second half so the Lions contained him. The Browns kept Calvin Johnson down but couldn’t contain 6’6″ Kris Durham which kept the defense off balance.

Game Prediction

We predicted a win for the Browns with 2 different predictions, depending on Johnson’s status.

Where we were right: We predicted Reggie Bush to have a good game with Johnson. We saw Josh Gordon having a good game, which he did. We saw Durham having a TD, instead it went to the tall tight end, but he did lead the team in receptions. The Browns did use the running game to limit mistakes by Weeden, but only in the first half.

Where we were wrong: We saw the Browns winning. We thought Jordan Cameron would get involved with the game plan much more. We thought the defense would get pressure on Stafford and force him into bad decisions and turnovers, the only INT was due to a great play by Buster Skrine.

Well we were off this week. What happened that you expected? Didn’t expect?

Earlier Today on FoS

Mourning After… A Victory (and the Flip Pick)

 

Topics: Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions

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