Three Fauria TDs help Lions come back to win in Cleveland

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Calvin Johnson was back after missing last week with a knee injury, but the star receiver for the Lions in Sunday’s win at Cleveland was Joseph Fauria.

Yes, Fauria, the undrafted rookie who only had three passes thrown his way on Sunday, was the big story because he caught all three passes for touchdowns. The first was a 1-yard TD in the first quarter that gave the Lions a 7-0 lead, and Fauria added two more touchdown catches in the fourth quarter as the Lions went from down 17-7 to a 31-17 win.

The victory improves the Lions to 4-2 and allows them to keep pace with the 4-2 Bears and the 3-2 Packers in the competitive NFC North. This was the kind of game the Lions needed to win if they want to be a playoff team.

The Browns are now 3-3, with three wins in the games started by quarterback Brian Hoyer, and three losses in the games started by quarterback Brandon Weeden. Today’s loss was not all Weeden’s fault by any stretch of the imagination, although Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy had an excellent game and intercepted Weeden twice.

Without Hoyer, the Browns aren’t going to be a playoff team, even in the weak AFC North. The Lions’ road to the playoffs won’t be an easy one, but today’s game was a step in the right direction.

56 responses to “Three Fauria TDs help Lions come back to win in Cleveland

  1. Levy played lights out and has quietly been having a pro bowl season. Good game Cleveland, your defense is pretty good. Nice to see the half time adjustments the Lion’s coaches made as the stat by half disparity shows.

  2. The worst part of this BS is they actually PAY Weeden to play like an effin’ 5th grader. Please cut him today so we don’t have to see the dumbfounded, I’m dumb as a box of rocks, look again.

  3. Well road wins aren’t usually easy in the nfl. Plenty to improve on but at least the offense came to life in the second half against a defense that by statistical measures had been a top 10 type of defense. With a much less than 100 percent megatron. He needs to get healthy.

  4. What helped them win more was the non-call for personal foul when Suh rammed the crown of his helmet up the chinguard of Brandon Weeden, or the pansy call late in the game when Groves hit Stafford cleanly in the chest. Or the non-contact defensive pass interference on Haden, or the subsequent defensive pass interference when Fauria shoved him to the ground before the ball was released. Or the challenge being upheld even though even the broadcast booth was pointing out both feet in bounds and couldn’t come up with an excuse the call was no catch.

    Look, bad calls happen, I get it. That said, I’m not sure I can remember a single case of such one-sided bad officiating outside of the Fail Mary. These guys didn’t earn their paychecks, unless they’re signed by the Lions.

  5. “Without Hoyer, the Browns aren’t going to be a playoff team, even in the weak AFC North. ”

    This is the saddest sentence I’ve ever read, yet it’s true.

  6. Weeden is not good. Another brilliant Holmgren draft pick. The sad part is this team could be a contender immediately with a good QB. Or even a halfway decent QB.

  7. Blaming Weeden for the loss, he’s the QB and thats to be expected. However it wasn’t Weeden that gave up 24 points in the second half. I hope Ray Horton learns from this

  8. The Lion WRs and both O and D lines looked terrible in the first 1/2 but players and coaches made excellent adjustments and dominated after halftime. A road win that went from ugly to acceptable as the Fauria era begins in the D.

  9. Good for Fauria !

    I always liked his father when he played for the Pats. And its great to see an undrafted guy make the best of his chances.

  10. I tried to believe in Weeden, but I’m finally conceding. When he’s on the field, the Browns lose. There’s no way around it, he’s just not an NFL quarterback and the Browns need to start looking into other options quickly if they’re going to stop the bleeding.

  11. Hey Holmgren, let me guess. Since the Browns drafted Weeden, you quit! Oh wait, you stepped in and “stole” him in the 1st round. Thanks, Big Show!!!!!!!!!!

  12. kowallazy says:
    Oct 13, 2013 4:31 PM
    What helped them win more was the non-call for personal foul when Suh rammed the crown of his helmet up the chinguard of Brandon Weeden, or the pansy call late in the game when Groves hit Stafford cleanly in the chest. Or the non-contact defensive pass interference on Haden, or the subsequent defensive pass interference when Fauria shoved him to the ground before the ball was released. Or the challenge being upheld even though even the broadcast booth was pointing out both feet in bounds and couldn’t come up with an excuse the call was no catch.

    Look, bad calls happen, I get it. That said, I’m not sure I can remember a single case of such one-sided bad officiating outside of the Fail Mary. These guys didn’t earn their paychecks, unless they’re signed by the Lions.

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    Ah yes, whining about the refs…the last refuge of the losing fan. Cuz you know, the Lions are the darlings of the NFL (sarcasm implied)

  13. Congrats, Lions fans. You better beat Cinci…

    Mostly garbage from my Brownies. O & D started flat & then took 3rd quarter off. Weeden is hopeless.

    I will avoid all highlights tomorrow to ensure I don’t see Fauria’s first douchey TD dance.

  14. Put out all the sarcasm you want, but the officiating made this game unwatchable. The browns got raped today, and it wasn’t by the lions.

  15. Well yeah the DEF got lit up in the 2nd half. They were friggin’ exhausted. They can’t do it alone.

  16. kowallazy says:
    Oct 13, 2013 4:31 PM
    What helped them win more was the non-call for personal foul when Suh rammed the crown of his helmet up the chinguard of Brandon Weeden

    Please people, get over Suh. Every play is not dirty.
    The guy is a all pro, he played a good clean game again this week. Scoreboard!

  17. Clearly, Linehan was stuck in the bathroom during the second half, and delegated play-calling duties to the Assistant Manager of Team Laundry. Clearly.

  18. Gotta love the Bengal’s fan that forgets they lost to the Browns two weeks ago…and had to go into overtime to beat the Bills with their third string QB. Real team…thanks for the great joke

  19. Replay shows he hit him in the chest, Weeden dropped his chin a bit and the helmet barely touched his chin strap.

    The call on Stafford’s roughing was pretty weak, I agree, though on the same play TJ ran over and through Calvin before the ball got there, so it’s a wash.

    Weeden is pretty bad…get some pressure and he folds like an NHL franchise in the Sun Belt.

  20. Officiating wasn’t the issue. That last Weedon INT was an awful throw. Lions marched up and down the field the second half once CJ actually played most of the snaps. If not for a ton of dropped balls the first half by the Lions, this really would have been a blowout.

  21. It’s a shame Hoyer did get hurt. He was making the most of his chance to start.

    As for Weeden, Browns fans couldn’t spit on McCoy enough when Golden Arm Weeden arrived, so enjoy the “next Roger Staubach”.

    Factory of Karma.

  22. Bengals fans shouldn’t be talking trash just yet. You only scored six points against Cleveland. That being said, I wonder when we will ever be able to draft a strong, intelligent QB. Weeden is strong, but not smart. Mike Holmgren forced Heckert to draft him way higher than he should have.

  23. Every fanbase in the league treats bad QBs the same, couldntthinkofaname. Browns fans have just seen more of them.

    McCoy sucked and so does Weeden. Hilmgren gave us both of them.

    Knock off the Karma talk…

  24. Hope karma catches that joke Fauria. He should be saying his prayers for even being on the field. But I guess the dolt antics plays well with Dearborn, Garden City, and Sterling Heights crowd.

  25. I have to agree the officiating was very odd. Usually the bad calls balance out somewhat but that didn’t seem to be the case today. But it was hard to know if that critical 25 yard catch was good when you’re watching a stupid commercial instead of multiple angles in slow motion like is normally done. And the babbling about which touchdown celebration was the best instead of analyzing the play was pretty crappy also. Hearing the announcer practically begging for another replay of the so called “Widmill Dunk”, which was really just throwing the ball over the goal post, and saying it was like “that Wilt guy” was very insightful.

    None of that is an excuse for the Browns though. They simply god blown out in the 2nd half by a better team. Grades:

    Lions: B
    Browns: D
    Officiating: D
    Fox Coverage: F–

  26. The Browns need to find an actual QB. Weeden is beyond terrible. That 2nd INT where he underhanded the ball in a high loop will end up on a blooper reel somewhere. The refs sure as hell didn’t help, but you should never put yourself in a position where a bad call can change the game that much. Bad calls happen.

    Weeden lost that game. The Browns got lucky last week that STs and defense scored 14 points.

  27. I’m not making any excuses for the brownies. Weeden isn’t getting the job done with receiving weapons and an o-line that (outside oniel cousins) looked much improved against the lions. The conservative defensive gameplan was a bit disappointing.

    However it is real hard to ignore the crappy officiating. The phantom P.I. at the beginning (i have no idea where there possibly could’ve been cobsidered an infraction on the play) the catch that wasn’t allowed and the form tackle that was roughing the passer to name a few. If that’s a penalty then so was Suh’s hit on Weeden. It was a sad performance from both the Browns and the Stripes

  28. The refs sure as hell didn’t help, but you should never put yourself in a position where a bad call can change the game that much. Bad calls happen.

    absolutely….but Weeden is still tentative and locks in on one receiver….he simply doesn’t look like he can be successful out there. To his defense…the Lion’s rush is ferocious…and we have NO running game to speak of to take the pressure off.

  29. It is clear that the game plan with Weeden doesn’t include third option passes. It also doesn’t call for time consuming short pass drives to allow the defense to get a break. Night and day between Hoyer and Weeden. I hope someone shows Hoyer how to slide next season.

  30. Multiple parties are to blame for yesterday’s loss vs Detroit.

    You can blame Weeden for his awful decision on first down to flip the ball to Deandre Levy (yes it was first f’n down) instead of taking a sack and moving on from the loss of yards. Forcing throws into double coverage, and not even looking Jordan Cameron’s way until the 4th quarter on little dump down passes.

    You can attempt to blame the refs, there were some really bad calls out there, but in the end, if a bad call is what loses you a game, you shouldnt be winning the game anyway.

    The defense was not what we have seen up to this point this season, we werent getting the pressure on the QB like we had in the past 5 games, but they were also dog tired because all Weeden did in the second half was 3 and out, repeatedly.

    All in all, managment needs to make a commitment to the team and fans. Weeden doesnt seem to be the guy, too many bad decisions, when he hits the sidelines after a series, he sits and pouts by himself, doesnt get into discussion with his WR’s or Lineman, shows no fire what so ever. So it needs to be Campbell’s shot, give him a couple games, and if you cant stay in contention for the division after that, then so be it, we are Browns fans, we expect the worst, but you need to show the team and fans that you are fed up with Weeden’s stupid decisions and you want attempt to win now.

  31. kowallazy says: Oct 13, 2013 4:31 PM

    What helped them win more was the non-call for personal foul when Suh rammed the crown of his helmet up the chinguard of Brandon Weeden, or the pansy call late in the game when Groves hit Stafford cleanly in the chest. Or the non-contact defensive pass interference on Haden, or the subsequent defensive pass interference when Fauria shoved him to the ground before the ball was released. Or the challenge being upheld even though even the broadcast booth was pointing out both feet in bounds and couldn’t come up with an excuse the call was no catch.

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    Suh rammed the crown of his helmet in the chin strap of Weeden? HAHAH please rewatch the play. The refs watch Suh more than any other player, if he hit a QB illegal a flag would’ve been thrown.

    The Groves penalty was a bad call, but I don’t see how that really changes the game….

    You can complain about pass interference calls both ways in every single game, so this is a non issue.

    The challenge should’ve been upheld, there was not clear video evidence to overturn the call. It looked the receiver(I believe Gordon) had one foot in, then that foot slid out of bounds, right before the other foot came down. Could the other foot have came down first? That is possible, but the point is there was not clear video evidence to overturn the call.. It was a really close play with no video to show different than what was called on the field. Also, it still would’ve been 4th and 1 and Cleveland probably still punts in that situation, so that doesn’t change the game much. Would’ve changed field position by 15 yards or so…

  32. @kowallazy: “Or the challenge being upheld even though even the broadcast booth was pointing out both feet in bounds and couldn’t come up with an excuse the call was no catch.”

    The broadcast booth said, very specifically, that there was no angle to overturn the call. You can pull up the replay.

    You’re just whining because Weeden is arena-league at best.

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