Sunday, November 22, 2009
Wrap-up: Lions 38, Browns 37
By James Walker
Is it possible that the most entertaining game of Week 11 came from two of the NFL's worst teams?
If you're a fan of offensive football, that was certainly the case as the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns put on a show. The Lions prevailed with a last-second touchdown by rookie tight end Brandon Pettigrew to seal a 38-37 victory.
The Browns finally showed signs of life offensively in scoring 24 points in the first quarter. But as bad teams often do, Cleveland failed to hold a three-touchdown lead in falling to 1-9.
Even in defeat, this was probably the game that we saw the most good come out of Cleveland's performance this year. Perhaps the biggest was quarterback Brady Quinn had a career game, throwing for 304 yards and four touchdowns. More games like that could solidify Quinn as the future quarterback for the Browns at a time when there's a lot of doubt about the position.
But on the negative side, a loss to the lowly Lions (2-8) is another indication of how bad the Browns really are. Detroit may have been the worst team left on Cleveland's schedule. So the Browns may have missed out on their best chance to win another game down the stretch.