The Detroit Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns 31-17 thanks to a huge second half from Matthew Stafford. The defense also played much better in the second half, getting more pressure on Brandon Weeden.
It was a great day for rookie tight end Joseph Fauria. He caught just three passes but all three went for touchdowns. Fauria saw more action because normal starter Tony Scheffler was out with a concussion.
Matthew Stafford was brilliant in the second half. He finished 25-for-43 for 248 yards and four touchdowns. At halftime he was 10-for-22 for 83 yards and one touchdown.
DeAndre Levy picked off two passes, one of them on one of the most egregious quarterbacking decisions you'll ever see.
It will be imperative to sustain the strong second-half performance because next week brings the physical, speedy Cincinnati Bengals to Ford Field. The Bengals seized first place in the AFC North, thanks in part to the Browns loss, by beating Buffalo in overtime.
Thanks to everyone for following along! I'll have preliminary game takeaways and a full Lions report card in the next few hours.