NFL picks and predictions 2013, Week 6: Lions vs. Browns

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Detroit and Cleveland each find themselves 3-2 and trying to further their playoff chances.

The Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions will spend their Week 6 squaring off against one another at First Energy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Cleveland was 0-2, traded Trent Richardson, and generally looked dead in the water until third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer emerged to win two straight games. Then, last Thursday night, Hoyer tore his ACL against the Buffalo Bills, forcing Brandon Weeden back into action.

The Browns still won, 37-24, making everybody wonder if they can keep their good mojo flowing. Should it win, Cleveland will at least have a share of the AFC North lead for another week.

For Detroit, it is also tied for its division lead in the NFC North. Last Sunday was a tough one for the Lions, who actually held the Green Bay Packers to 22 points but only scored nine as Calvin Johnson sat out with an injury.

Over at CBS Sports, the eight-expert panel is split on who will cover the spread, which they have as the Lions being favored by 2.5 points. Straight up, the group is also tied in knots with each team getting four votes.

The SB Nation guys are more decisive, picking the Lions to win except for Joel Thorman, who stands with the Browns.

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