Ndamukong Suh bulls his way through the Cleveland line on a field goal during the first half. (Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
Two key figures make their 2014 debuts Saturday night — coach Jim Caldwell of the Lions and quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Browns. Kickoff at Ford Field is 7:30 p.m.
Browns at Lions
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ford Field, Detroit
TV / radio: Channel 7 / 97.1-FM
Follow the game with live tweets from our Lions team:
■ The Lions’ starters are likely to be in the game for only a few series. But the intensity should ratchet up a notch when players fighting for jobs enter the game. “Jobs are coveted,” said coach Jim Caldwell. “They’re very difficult to get and to maintain, so it’s highly competitive.”
■ Former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer will start for the Browns, but fans are eager to see what Johnny Manziel will do in his first taste of NFL action. Manziel, drafted by the Browns in the first round in May, won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman in 2012.
■ Another first-round rookie, tight end Eric Ebron, makes his debut for the Lions. Ebron missed two practices this week with an undisclosed injury, but he is expected to take the field against the Browns.
■ Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is not active for Saturday’s game.
■ Offensive play-calling among the 10 things to watch in Lions' exhibition opener.
■ Calvin Johnson's character makes impression on Lions teammate Golden Tate.
■ Lions QB Matthew Stafford embracing new system under Caldwell.
■ Here are the Lions inactives for Saturday’s game.