The Cleveland Browns will play the Detroit Lions this week in a game that has a lot riding on it. The winner avoids being recognized as the worst team in the NFL. The loser can take a giant step towards the number one pick in the 2010 draft. Both teams have a 1-8 record. Cleveland has scored the fewest points in the NFL and Detroit has given up the most. Both teams have to be looking at this game with confidence.
Hopefully the Browns will be able to find the end zone a few times this game. Brady Quinn needs to throw the ball down field against the Lions. This game is huge for Quinn. He needs a big game for his confidence as much as for the Browns. Brian Robiskie remains a mystery. With all the drops by the wide receivers, why hasn’t the sure handed Robiskie been targeted more? I want to see more of Jennings in the backfield. If he’s healthy, Cribbs needs the ball more. I want to see Cribbs throw the ball some out of the Wildcat. One of the keys in this game is the play of the offensive line. Against the Ravens, they looked terrible.
If Cleveland is able to win this Sunday, it will probably be because of the defense. Rob Ryan has his players playing hard. The last two games, against the Bears and Ravens, Ryan has had very good game plans. Eric Wright has remained steady all year and so has Kameron Wimbley. The entire defensive line played well against Baltimore. Brodney Pool also had a nice game as did David Bowens. More of the same will be needed against the Lions. Pressuring rookie QB Mathew Stafford into turnovers will be a key for the Browns.
Cleveland placed punter Dave Zastudil on injured reserve so he’s done for the season. This really hurts as he was having a Pro Bowl year. In his place is Reggie Hodges who did the punting against the Ravens. Cleveland’s coverage teams along with returner Josh Cribbs could be the difference in what will probably be a very close game.
Cleveland 13 Detroit 9. Rob Ryan will get the game ball in this one.