Browns - Lions Game Info Page

<B>6:30PM: David Carducci called from Detroit and reports that William Green will not play in tonight's game - his significant other is giving birth to their second child. James Jackson will start and Jamel White hopes to play</B><BR><BR>Here is the game info page for tonight's Browns-Lions contest. The last regular season game between these two was memorable - the first game following the horror of 9/11 and an incredible game for the Browns secondary.

Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions
August 23, 2003
7:30PM EST
Ford Field
Capacity: 65,000


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The game will be broadcast on the Browns  pre-season station, WKYC-3 in Cleveland.

Columbus: WCMH 4
Dayton: WCMH 4
Lima: None
Mansfield: WKBN 27
Yngstown: WKBN 27
Toledo: WJBK 2


Here is our listing of Browns radio affiliates.

WMMS is the team's flagship station. It is unknown if they are able to carry a free feed this week. The Browns carry a live NFL feed, and are following the NFL's dictate that fans are charged for Internet radio access to game.

Game Preview Thing

As part of an evil plot to make us forget that we need to pay full ticket price to watch a practice game, the Browns and Lions are now calling their yearly exhibition games the Great Lakes Classic. Like most truly classic games of football, no one cares who wins and it doesn't count in the standings. Yep.

Anyhow, what does count are battles within the teams, because those are battles for jobs This game is the last real tune-up prior to the season, since nearly all NFL teams now engage in a game of "Hide the Starter" during the fourth pre-season game. Davis expects to play his starters into the third quarter, but fans can expect to see a lot of rotation within the defensive line and Tim Couch playing at least one series with the starters.

The Browns and Lions are both supposedly game-planning for this one, so the first half should provide a more accurate barometer of the teams' progress than we've seen to date.

The Browns offense will feature newly anointed starter Kelly Holcomb tossing downfield and William Green running against a not-to-be-underestimated Detroit front four. The Lions have a couple of Browns cast-offs at middle linebacker (Earl Holmes, Wali Rainer) who would undoubtedly like nothing better than to slam Green to the turf repeatedly.

The Lions overall defense, however, is extremely suspect and presents new Head Coach Steve Mariucci's greatest challenge in 2003. The Lions finished 31st in overall defense, and a secondary which gave up an average of 259 yards per game should make Kelly Holcomb eager to stretch the Lion's defense.

The Lions have the makings of a potent offensive attack, however, as composed second-year quarterback Joey Harrington can hand off to reliable James Stewart and has an exciting new target in WR Charlie Rogers.

It should be intriguing to follow the action on defense as Courtney Brown re-appears for around 20 plays, and Gerard Warren attempts to record his first tackle of the pre-season. A number of starting jobs are still up for grabs, particularly SS linebacker (Ben Taylor, Barry Gardner) and the two cornerback positions (Daylon McCutcheon, Anthony Henry, Lewis Sanders).  The Browns defensive line play has been disappointing to most observers, and it will be interesting to see if the team is able to put pressure on Harrington.

The defensive challenge should be quite a bit more daunting than the last regular-season meeting between the two teams, when the Browns picked off Detroit quarterback Ty Detmer seven times, including three by CB Anthony Henry. Henry may have to be physically restrained from entering the field of play when and if Detmer makes a second-half appearance.

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