Detroit Lions almost fall in a trap, beat winless Browns

Beth Cruz
November 13, 2017

"DeShone made plays with his arm, he made plays with his legs, and he was a leader".

What I didn't like: The end of the first half was a series of clock-management mishaps that saw the Browns blow a chance to tie the game or cut the deficit with a field goal.

Cleveland came out of the locker room inspired for the second half, and quickly deadlocked the score at 17-17 on an 85-yard drive culminating in Isaiah Crowell's 7-yard run around the left side at the 11:01 juncture of the third period. QB DeShone Kizer has four rushing touchdowns, the most by a Cleveland quarterback since Brian Sipe had four in 1974. After the game, he insisted that anger was exclusively directed at himself.

"I saw some improvement in some areas but not totally where we need to be yet". "Everything that happened at the end of the half is on me". The second-year veteran last played on October 22, replacing Kizer early in the third quarter of Cleveland's 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans. "We just got to continue to work at it".

The first half ended with the Browns running out of time at the Lions' 2-yard line and Detroit still in control 17-10. They led 10-0 and 24-17 against a lethargic Lions team, but weren't able to cement the advantage with timely stops.


An undermanned roster led 24-17 in the third quarter, but the Browns' defense could not sustain some early success and was eventually overwhelmed.

Despite losing their first eight games, the Browns came to Ford Field ninth in total defense and ranked ahead of teams such as the Eagles, Saints, Rams and Chiefs - all of whom entered Sundays' games in first place.

With 11 seconds left in the quarter, someone - Jackson wouldn't name names - whiffed on a cornerback blitz.

The Cleveland Browns gave it a good try on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, but ultimately it was not enough as the Browns fell, 38-24.

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