The Cleveland Browns are welcoming the Detroit Lions to town for the second preseason game of 2013.
Thursday night will be a rematch from last year's preseason game, when the Browns defeated the Lions 19-17 in Detroit. This season the two teams will play during the regular season on October 13 in Cleveland, so Thursday's game will be a chance for both teams to get an early scouting report.
Detroit is coming off a 26-17 victory over the New York Jets. Lions fans got a good look at some of the new additions to the team, including No. 5 overall pick Ziggy Ansah, who returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter. New place kicker David Akers got off to a nice start in Detroit, converting both of his field goal attempts, including a 47-yarder.
Cleveland also won the opening game of the preseason, defeating the Saint Louis Rams 27-19. Browns quarterbacks were extremely efficient in their first contest, completing 26 of 34 pass attempts for 238 yards. Cleveland's defense took advantage of some Saint Louis miscues, recovering one fumble and picking off quarterback Kellen Clemens two times. They'll try to continue dominating the all-important turnover battle against the Lions on Thursday.
The Lions are trying to recover from a disappointing 4-12 season in 2012, after the team had made the postseason the previous year for the first time this century. After beginning the season 4-4, the team dropped the final eight games and finished last in the NFC North. The division was one of the best in the NFL last season, boasting three teams with double-digit wins and sending two of them into the playoffs. Detroit is hoping that bounce-back years from players like Matthew Stafford can combine with the new additions to put the team back in playoff contention.
Thursday's game at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland will kickoff at 7:30pm Eastern Time.