Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns: Full Lions Report Card

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Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns: Full Lions Report Card
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The Detroit Lions knocked off the Cleveland Browns, 31-17, at FirstEnergy Field on Sunday. 

This game was a tale of two halves. Cleveland won the first half, 17-7, on the strength of efficient running, tough defense and largely avoiding mistakes.

Detroit dominated the second half, winning that part of the game 24-0. Matt Stafford played outstanding, while the defense ratcheted up the pressure. 

With the win, the Lions improve to 4-2 and are tied with the Chicago Bears atop the NFC North. The Browns fall to 3-3 and a game behind the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North. Cincinnati heads to Detroit next week in what figures to be a major challenge for the Lions.  

The grading scale here is subjectively based on my expectations for player performance. As an example, if Ndamukong Suh gets three tackles and one quarterback pressure, that will grade lower than C.J. Mosley doing the same things. Impact plays like turnovers, touchdowns or other big plays rate highly. Penalties, blown assignments and giveaways really hurt the grade for a player.

Here are my grades for the Lions. 

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