Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions home victory against the winless Cleveland Browns

1. The running game was very efficient this week

The Lions ran for a total of 104 yards on 19 total carries this week. That is very impressive considering the Lions are one of the worst rushing teams in the NFL. After fumbling twice last week, Ameer Abdullah bounced back by rushing for 52 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown. Stafford ran the ball when needed to and the offense even got Theo Riddick involved in the rushing game by having him run for 35 yards on only four carries. With the combination of Abdullah and Riddick, Lions fans are hoping to see this be a threat every week. Especially considering that Taylor Decker is back on an offensive line that needed him back badly.

2. Eric Ebron might be figuring out the offense

Ebron has been solid for the Lions the past few weeks. He had a big role this week as he caught the go ahead touchdown early in the fourth and finished with 39 yards on the day. Ebron has looked much better these past few weeks after a really rough start with the team and now he has Lions fans hopeful that he is finally starting to figure this offense out and he is finding ways to get himself involved.

3. Having Taylor Decker back is great

The Lions left tackle position was an absolute mess while Decker was gone. Now that he is back, this is a sight Lions fans are thrilled to see. Now, he did look like he had to shake some cobwebs off in the beginning, but once he found his footing, he looked like the great offensive tackle that the fans are used to seeing. He helped open up holes in the running game, and also helped Stafford get some much needed protection. Overall, it was great to see Decker back on the field.

This was a game the Lions needed to win and a game they should’ve won. While it was a rocky start for the team, they were finally able to make the correct adjustments and help put this team away. With the victory, they are still two games behind the Vikings for the division lead, but as long as they can keep pace with them, that game on Thanksgiving will have huge implications. In conclusion, the Lions next two games are against divisional foes (at Chicago, then versus the Vikings at home) and if they can walk out of both of those games with victories, then a playoff spot may be imminent.