With so few games played each week in the NFL, there is always a chance that there won’t be much of a come-from-behind victory to write about. Week 2 was one such week, when we had a 3-way tie with a modest 8 point deficit overcome by the winning teams. The other four weeks we did okay with 21, 17, 16 and 14 point deficits overcome by the winning teams. Week 6 had only 1 game with a comeback from more than 7 points behind. There were plenty of exciting games and interesting results – just no big comebacks. At least we did end up with a single winner, though, that’s good enough for us.
WEEK 6 RECAP
Week 6 in the NFL had 15 games on the slate. Visiting teams ended up winning 7 of those 15 games – not bad. There were 9 games in which the winning team trailed at one point in the game, but only one team overcame a deficit of more than 7 points and only 2 teams overcame a deficit of more than 4 points. Of the 6 games in which the winning team never trailed in the game, 3 were won by visiting teams and 3 were won by home teams.
DETROIT VS CLEVELAND
The Browns, riding a 3 game winning streak, are one of the early surprise teams in the NFL and were ready to host the visiting Detroit Lions looking to keep the streak going and staying atop the AFC North. The Lions were looking to rebound from a Week 5 loss to Green Bay and keep their record above .500.
The Lions were the first team on the board and only team to put up a score in the 1st quarter on a 1 yard touchdown pass from Mathew Stafford to Joseph Fauria. The 2nd quarter, however, belonged to the Browns.
Cleveland tied up the score at 7 – 7 with a 4 yard touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden to Chris Ogbonnaya early in the 2nd quarter, then took the lead on a 2 yard touchdown pass from Weeden to Greg Little late in the second quarter. When the Lions had a 3 and out that took only 26 seconds, the Browns had enough time to pad their lead with a 40 yard Billy Cundiff field goal to take a 17 – 7 lead into the half time locker room.
It seemed to be a different Browns team that came out of that locker room, however. The Browns received the 2nd half kickoff but had to quickly punt the ball away. Detroit put up a touchdown on their first possession of the 2nd half on an 18 yard pass from Stafford to Reggie Bush out of the backfield completing an 8 play 72 yard drive.
The Browns then had another 3 and out and had to punt the ball right back to the Lions. Although Stafford threw an interception to stymie a nice, 9 play drive the Lions had going, the Browns punted the ball back again to start the 4th quarter still holding a slim 17 – 14 lead.
That lead would evaporate on the Lions 1st possession of the 4th quarter, another long drive, this one 8 plays and 67 yards, ending on the second Stafford to Fauria touchdown pass from 23 yards out.
Cleveland failed to move the ball and had to punt once again. The next Lions drive ended with a 51 yard David Ackers field goal to give Detroit a 24 – 17 lead. The next Cleveland drive resulted in an interception and Detroit put the finishing touches on their victory with the third Stafford to Fauria touchdown connection of the day.
I am not sure what happened to the first half Browns team and what Browns team came out of the locker room to play the second half, but the result was to allow the Lions to easily come back from a 10 point deficit to win the game and become the Week 6 Safe Harbor Consulting Pro Football Crisis Management Award winner.
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Week 5 – Winner (To read the Week 5 article, click here.)
Week 4 – Winner (To read the Week 4 article, click here.)
Week 3 – Winner (To read the Week 3 article, click here.)
Cincinnati coming from 16 behind to beat Green Bay 34 – 30
Week 2 – Winners (To read the Week 2 article, click here.)
Houston coming from 8 behind to beat Tennessee 30 – 24
Arizona coming from 8 behind to beat Detroit 25 -21
Week 1 – Winner (To read the Week 1 article, click here.)
Houston coming from 21 behind to beat San Diego 31 -28