Now in the second half of the season the Cleveland Browns are hoping things start changing for the better.
The Cleveland Browns travel to Detroit, MI on Sunday to take on the Detroit Lions at 1PM. Cleveland is 0-8 on the season and coming off a bye. Meanwhile, Detroit has struggled since starting the year 3-1, as they sit at 4-4.
Two weeks ago, the Browns played inspired football in London, England despite falling to the Minnesota Vikings 33-16. They actually led at halftime but could not get anything going in the second half.
The Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field last week thanks to a stellar game from quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Without further ado, here are this week’s predictions.
1. Quarterback DeShone Kizer plays his best game as a pro following team’s near trade for vet.
Cleveland has yet to see consistent play at the quarterback position. The team attempted to address the issue over the bye week by acquiring Cincinnati Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron. However, in the most Browns way possible, the deal never happened. (For a sake of this turning into a rant, here are the details).
Anyways, Kizer now knows the Browns true feelings about him: He is not their quarterback of the future. The fact that Cleveland was willing to sacrifice a second and third-round pick for the Bengals backup – more than what was spent on Kizer – shows the team is already trying to move on from the rookie.
The Notre Dame project essentially admitted that this week.
All of this should light a fire under Kizer. While it is not reasonable to expect him to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns, the Lions are vulnerable through the air.
Detroit is 27th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game. Kizer will have a full complement of weapons (if they can even be called that) back and healthy and should find some overall success.
Remember, this prediction is that he will have his best game as a pro – not that he will become Tom Brady. This year, his best game arguably came in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was 20/30 for 222 yards, two total touchdowns and an interception. The Browns also only lost that game by three points.
Kizer knows he needs to produce at a more consistent clip if he wants to remain a starter in Cleveland. Coming off a bye, with added motivation, it would not be a surprise to see his best game so far.