Browns 24, Lions 6
This was a win that hurt the Browns.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden’s second straight strong performance
turned into only a footnote Thursday night in a 24-6 victory over
Weeden, who has done everything to win Cleveland’s starting job
and is only waiting for coach Rob Chudzinski to make it official,
threw two touchdown passes in the first half and starred again.
However, Weeden’s night was overshadowed by major injuries to
Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung) and
running back Dion Lewis (broken leg).
The Browns also lost guard Jason Pinkston (sprained ankle),
tight end Gary Barnidge (sprained shoulder) and kicker Brandon
The Lions didn’t have any excuses for playing poorly.
They were without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who was
rested with a bruised knee, but Detroit’s offense struggled for the
second week in a row and coach Jim Schwartz was disappointed with
his team’s effort as well as several costly penalties.
Here are five things we learned while watching the Browns roll,
more like limp, to their second impressive win of the
1. BRUISED, BATTERED: Mingo was kept overnight at The Cleveland
Clinic as a precaution with the uncommon injury. The Browns
initially said Mingo had hurt his ribs, but Chudzinski startled
reporters with news that he had been hospitalized. It’s not known
how long Mingo, the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft, will
The injuries to Lewis and Pinkston could be costly. The
versatile Lewis has had an impressive training camp and preseason,
and the Browns are currently thin at running back after Montario
Hardesty underwent knee surgery. Pinkston, who survived blood clots
in his lungs last season, was filling in for Shawn Lauvao. He had
ankle surgery last week.
Rookie Garrett Gilkey could be thrust into the starting lineup
or the Browns may have to find an established guard.
2. LIONS AND FLAGS AND INFRACTIONS, OH MY: Detroit was whistled
for eight penalties, including three personal fouls in the first
Running back Reggie Bush lost his cool after a play and was
called for unnecessary roughness, and defensive tackle Ndamukong
Shu, no stranger to officials, was whistled for roughing
Lions coach Jim Schwartz was dismayed by the 15-yard
”It doesn’t matter what happens out there,” he said. ”Reggie
got hit right in the back after a play, but that doesn’t give you
any reason to put our offense in a worse position. Regardless of
what you think of the call, it doesn’t matter. It gets called and
we pay the price for it.”
3. WEEDEN SHINES: With every tight spiral, completion and
touchdown, Weeden silences more critics and doubters. In two games,
he’s 18 of 25 for 229 yards, three touchdowns and zero
Earlier this week, Chudzinski said the competition between
Weeden and Jason Campbell was ”still close.”
”I was pleased,” Chudzinski said of Weeden. ”He was efficient
out there, accurate and had a couple of really nice throws where he
was able to get it into some tight areas. He looked comfortable out
4. BANKRUPT DETROIT: The Lions’ starting offense can’t find the
In two games, Detroit’s first unit has managed only field goals.
Without Johnson, the Lions didn’t have a downfield threat, but
quarterback Matthew Stafford refused to use Megatron’s absence as
an excuse and said the lack of scoring is becoming an issue.
”We should be concerned a little bit,” said Stafford, who went
11 of 16 for 74 yards. ”We are better than that. We have to hold
ourselves accountable because we need to put points on the
5. AIR JORDAN: A basketball walk-on at USC and friend of NBA
All-Star Blake Griffin, Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is
beginning to make a name for himself.
He caught both of Weeden’s TD passes on throws into the end zone
where his size – 6-foot-5, 252 pounds – gave him a big advantage
over smaller defensive backs. Cameron may thrive in coordinator
Norv Turner’s tight end friendly offense.
”I’m trying to get better every day,” said Cameron, who only
had 20 catches last season. ”This is definitely a work in
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