Week 1 of the NFL preseason concludes tonight with four games on the schedule including the Browns vs Lions live stream and TV coverage thanks to the NFL Network. With Jim Caldwell taking over in Detroit, the fans in Motown are ready to cheer on a winning team. The talent in the Motor City is there, now it is time to put up or shut up as the Lions prepare for a big 2014 campaign.
According to a SB Nation report on Aug. 9, both the Lions and Browns are coming into 2014 with high hopes and big expectations. Detroit's off-season pick up of Golden Tate adds to an already powerful arsenal of weapons for the Leo's on offense. It can be argued that Detroit (on paper at least) has the best offense in the NFC North and possibly the entire league, however none of that matters until the Lions start putting together 3-4 game winning streaks twice this season.
Big named players are great, but winning is all that matters.
Speaking of big named players, the hype to see Johnny Manziel take his first snaps as a Brown is growing. The outspoken and flamboyant rookie QB from Texas A&M will have all eyes upon him once he hits the field tonight in Detroit. It's not how long Manziel will play, if he plays at all, but it will be interesting to hear the fan reaction if and when he enters the game.
Fox Sports reports that "Johnny Football" won't start tonight, but he should see plenty of action later in the game.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine hopes to have a starting QB selected before the third preseason game, so obviously the first two games are crucial for Manziel and Hoyer.
"I think more weight will be put on those as I said before, because it's live reps," Pettine said. "The practice part will still be important, but I think it's safe to say that."
Las Vegas odds makers have this game at a pick'em, with the over/under set at 39.
NFL Fans can catch all the action on the NFL Network nationally and streaming live online through NFL Network preseason package via NFL Network.com. Locally, fans in Detroit can see every play on ABC. The kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.