With both teams victorious in their first preseason games, the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions hope to build more momentum on Thursday night in the Great Lakes Classic at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Cleveland managed a 27-19 win over St. Louis last week, with quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer each passing for 100 yards and a touchdown, while expected starting running back Trent Richardson sat out.
Though there was some early doubt about a shin injury that kept him out against the Rams, Richardson will reportedly play the first couple of series against Detroit in his first action since last year.
Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski told the team’s official site that he wants his players to focus on improving with each week, in all facets, and is determined to create a new culture around the club.
The Lions won their first game against the New York Jets 26-17, forcing two turnovers including a 14-yard interception return from defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.
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Second-string quarterback Shaun Hill took the bulk of the snaps, completing 11 of 18 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown, while receiver Calvin Johnson made three receptions for 58 yards. Perhaps the Lions best free agent signing, running back Reggie Bush was limited to three carries and five yards, while Mikel Leshoure totaled 24 yards on six touches.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the Lions and head coach Jim Schwartz are still figuring out their starters on the right side of the offensive line. That puts the spotlight on right tackle Jason Fox, right guard Jake Scott, and rookie guard Larry Warford.
The game kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. ET and a live online stream is available by subscription on the NFL’s official site here.
In metro area Detroit fans can watch on WXYZ-TV ABC7, but a full list of stations in Michigan can be found here. Browns fans can find the game on WKYC-TV.
Betting Odds: Cleveland is favored by 1.5 points.
Over/Under: 41.5 points
Prediction: Detroit 35, Cleveland 17