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As part of the NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis series we present the clash between the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns. This is a 1:00 PM EST game that will be played at Firstenergy Stadium as the 3-2 Cleveland Browns host the 3-2 Detroit Lions. Will Mathew Stafford and Megatron be able to go into hostile territory and capture a key division victory? Can the upstart Browns continue to prove the doubters wrong? Here are the Vegas odds for the game and what the Sports Unbiased In-Depth Analysis Team believes will occur this Sunday. This week John Yeomans, “Coach” Mike Fabber and Mike Santangelo provide commentary on the game.
Vegas Odds: Detroit minus 2 1/2, 45 u
Mike’s Pick: Two teams who have been a total surprise. The Browns have won three straight (ever since the trade of Trent Richardson) and the Lions are leading the NFC North. Cleveland is also showing up on defense, again something no one thought we would be saying at this point in the season. On top of that, the Lions did not have their best offensive weapon last week (Calvin Johnson) and he has not been practicing this week either. Without Megatron, the Lions offense becomes ordinary. With him there, teams are forced to play coverage and cannot stack the box against the run, which has allowed Reggie Bush to start the year off strong. Last week, without Johnson though, the Lions run game was just pedestrian. As it will be again this week Final Score: Browns 24 Lions 14
John’s Pick: Without Calvin Johnson the Lions fell flat on offense last week (nine points) and now are hoping that they get there top receiver back against a Browns defense (ranked fourth allowing just 18.8 points a game) that has carried their team to a 3-2 record. On record I’m weary of Megaton’s injury, as he seems to always be banged up but never misses a game, so something might be really wrong with his knee. When Brian Hoyer went down for the season after rejuvenating the Browns offense the last couple weeks, Cleveland proofed once again that there city has no luck. Now Brandon Weeden gets a second chance to show that he can lead this team, and with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron now producing, their no more excuses for Weeden. As for the running back situation, Willis McGahee seems to get a little better every week and the Browns would be wise to let him pound the ball against the Lions, who aren’t the best at stopping the run ( 26th allow 124.6 yards a game). Even though I am not sold they are playoffs contenders just yet, playing in the dog pound I like the Browns chances with their top notch defense playing against a Lions team that might be missing there star receiver once again this week Final Score: Browns 16 Lions 13
Coach’s Pick: As soon as something good happens for the Browns the football gods take it away. I say this because they finally find a QB in Hoyer that can lead this team into contention and what happens, BOOM out for the season with ACL tear. This is the luck of a team named the Browns, ok I can see that but dang. They are hanging in there with a 3-2 record, tied for first in the AFC North but Weeden is back at the helms and that could spell disaster. The Lions are coming off a bad loss but they were missing their best player in Calvin Johnson, whom the Browns are hoping takes another week off. If he plays they should hold true to recent form as the best in the NFC North. This is a much more exciting game than most were predicting at the beginning of the season and the winner could go on to great things while the loser starts the downward spiral to irrelevance. It will be an explosive offensive game and that helps the Lions pull out a big win Final Score: Lions 27 Browns 17.
There it is, Sports Unbiased has broken down a marquee game in week six of the NFL season. We have given you analysis, we have given you the odds and we even gave you the possible final score. Trust all the writers, trust a couple of the writers or just trust one. Find you favorites and come back for other editions of the Sports Unbiased marquee matchups. Now go forth and win your office pool, enjoy the game even have some fun on the morning line. Good luck and happy picking. See you next week.
Note: All odds courtesy of Vegas Insider Consensus