Herman Moore Blog: This game will be decided in the trenches

Posted Oct 12, 2013

Herman Moore takes a look at what the Lions are up against on defense in this week's blog

The Browns present an interesting matchup for the Lions this week in that they've had many moving parts through five games on the offensive side of the ball.

They were without receiver Josh Gordon for the first two weeks of the season (they lost both games) and then lost quarterback Brian Hoyer to a season-ending knee injury early in a 37-24 win over Buffalo.

That means Brandon Weeden -- who came in and led Cleveland to that win after Hoyer left the game in the first quarter -- will make his first start since Week 2.

Of Hoyer and Weeden, Weeden definitely has a stronger arm, but Hoyer has better pocket presence and does better under pressure.

If Weeden can remain poised in the pocket against the Lions, the defense could have a tough day containing Gordon and tight end Jordon Cameron.

The Lions need to collapse the pocket and rattle Weeden, who has been sacked 16 times in just under three games.

Unlike Aaron Rodgers last week, Weeden has been known to hold onto the football, which could allow Detroit's dynamic front four to set the pace in that phase.