Five biggest surprises in the Lions’ 31-17 comeback win over the Browns on Sunday at Cleveland:
1. Thought the Lions’ defense would be fired up from the start. Wasn’t the case at all. They clamped down at the start of the second half and kept the pedal to the metal. Must be disappointing for the coaching staff. They have the talent. They said all the right things last
week about taking the Browns seriously. They just didn’t act like it early on.
2. Along with the above, expected more than two sacks (Willie Young and Devin Taylor). Of course, stats aren’t everything but Brandon Weeden was sacked five times in the previous game by the Bills. Would give the Loins’ defensive line an edge over Bills. So what’s the deal?
3. Can’t believe the receivers still have so many dropped balls. That’s got to make Matthew Stafford crazy. Lost count but there were a ton.
4. Knew Joe Fauria would be more involved in the offense with Tony Scheffler out with a concussion. Certainly didn’t expect him to have three touchdown receptions. Perhaps Big Joe needs a nickname.
5. Wasn’t surprised that Calvin Johnson was targeted eight times, but a little surprised he only caught three of them. He didn’t play as much as usual which is the biggest clue he wasn’t 100 percent.