Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns: Takeaways from Detroit's 31-17 Victory

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Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns: Takeaways from Detroit's 31-17 Victory
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The Detroit Lions started slowly but turned it on after halftime and came away a 31-17 winner over the host Cleveland Browns

Cleveland led 17-7 at halftime as the Lions struggled to throw the ball, and the defensive line was outplayed by the Browns offensive line.

Matthew Stafford showed why he's a franchise quarterback in the second half of this game. He was on fire, hooking up with Joseph Fauria twice for touchdowns after halftime. Detroit won the second half 24-0.

With the win, the Lions remain tied for first in the NFC North. 

It doesn't get any easier for the Lions next week. Once again they will play a first-place team from the AFC North when the Cincinnati Bengals visit Ford Field. The 4-2 Bengals defeated Buffalo in overtime to separate themselves from the Browns and Baltimore Ravens, who both lost. 

Here are my initial takeaways from the hard-fought win. 

 

All stats are courtesy of ESPN.com

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