DETROIT -- Winning provides an amazing dynamic, even in a preseason opener significant only because it's the Great Lakes Classic.
The Cleveland Browns seemed nearly giddy following their 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions (Bring home the barge!). This was a win built on the strength of the backups scoring in the second half and a Jeff Wolfert field goal with 33 seconds left.
That the starters bumbled around... well that was glossed over as if a new paint of coat had been applied.
"You got rookies in there playing with a team that went 10-6 last year," coach Pat Shurmur said. "I think it's a great test for us to see where we're at. And we made some plays against them. I'm not down at all."
Wins have been that hard to come by with the Cleveland Browns.
So acknowledge the win, but at the same time don't ignore the concerns.
Because when the starters and backups were in the game in the first half, the play was hardly sharp.
It was probably expected, but it wasn't all that encouragi...