CLEVELAND, Ohio — With 10 days to prepare ahead of today’s showdown with the Lions, Brandon Weeden will make his first start since Week 2 at Baltimore.
The Browns (3-2) quarterback showed flashes of brilliance last Thursday, when his heroics, after replacing an injured Brian Hoyer, lifted the Browns to their third straight victory, a thrilling 37-24 home win over Buffalo on national television.
“You dig deep, try to find yourself and you do a lot of soul-searching,” Weeden admitted this week about his time as the back-up. “That’s part of adversity. Facing adversity makes you stronger as a person, and that’s life. You’ve got to find a way to take the positives and build off of it.”
Weeden came off the bench to finish 13-24 for 197 yards, which included a beautiful 37-yard touchdown strike to Josh Gordon. His only bugaboo seems to be holding on to the ball in the pocket.
Weeden was sacked five times, and took a lot of big hits before pulling the trigger on his passes.
“I think there’s times when I can get the ball out quicker and take the pressure off the guys up front,” Weeden confessed. “We’re playing well. We’ve got great guys on this offense, and you’ve just got to be in sync, trust the guys around you and get rolling.”
Detroit (3-2) limps into FirstEnergy Stadium on the heels of their worst game of the season. In last Sunday’s 22-9 road loss at Green Bay, the Lions looked out of sync without the All-Pro wide-out Calvin Johnson.
His knee injury forced him to sit out the divisional match-up. His absence was evident. Detroit mustered just three field goals after averaging about 30 points/game in their first four contests.
The Lions hope to be fully staffed on Sunday. Johnson’s practiced and participated in workouts Friday, and appears to be ready to roll. He leads the team with 21 catches for 312 yards, while hauling in 4 touchdowns.
Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. from FirstEnergy Stadium. You can watch the game live on FOX 8.
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