Report Card: Browns and Lions

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Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya (25) celebrates with fans after scoring a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

It is Report Card time for yesterday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions in Week 6. The Lions defeated the Browns in a game of halves. We will look at each unit as a set for grading.

Quarterback

Brandon Weeden – Weeden played an acceptable 1st half, with better use of his eyes, but continued similar patterns. He refused to throw players open, instead waiting for them to be open before he threw, and threw some balls behind his receivers. His touch is still very limited, which is one reason the Browns didn’t run screen plays. His 1st half interception was not a good decision but nothing compares to his second half one. Expecting drastic improvements from a QB who had all off season to address these issues is misguided hope. Grade: D 

Matt Stafford – Stafford played a prototypical good but not great game. His one INT was a great deflection by a Browns DB so he stayed out of any major mistakes. Yet with a limited Calvin Johnson he was a game changer, big play guy. He took what the Browns gave him and didn’t try to do to much. Compared to Weeden he was a Hall of Famer, but that is not hard to do. Grade: B+

Running Backs

Cleveland Browns – The Browns running backs had an acceptable first half. The team rushed for 115 yards in the half including a 45 end around to Travis Benjamin. The running game was largely ignored in the second half so they were given no time or chance to make an impact. Willis McGahee ended with a respectable 3.7 YPC but only got 10 carries all game. Grade: C

Detroit Lions – The Lions were held to 27 yard rushing in the first half as their offense seemed to shutdown. Yet, in the opposite of the Browns, the Lions run game, and running backs, came on strong in the second half. They ended running for 112 yards with Reggie Bush accounting for 78 yards rushing and a 4.6 YPC. Bush also had 5 receptions for 57 yards and a TD. Grade: A

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