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