Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Lions escape against winless Browns but must be better to reach playoffs

Lions escape against winless Browns but must be better to reach playoffs

Kizer Strong - DeShone Kizer had the kind of day Hue Jackson had envisioned until he got blasted late in the third quarter and had to leave the game for a few offensive series.

The Cleveland Browns entered Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions with a record of 0-8.

According to the CBS broadcast, the rookie had his ribs injured.

Kizer was having his best game of the season before suffering a rib injury that forced him to the locker room. By then Lions quarterback Matt Stafford had thrown two more of his three straight second-half TDs to produce the final margin. They marched 85 yards in 8 plays capped by a 6-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Crowell to tie the game at 17. He also ran 7 times for 57 yards and a TD.

DeValve's Bad Day - DeValve cost the Browns a 29-yard completion to Britt down to the 15 with a holding penalty.

Crowell led the Browns rushing attack against a tough Lions defense and kept Cleveland in the game for as long as possible.

Question: Is there one word that can describe what it meant for the Lions to win and avoid a crushing upset at the hands of the still-winless Browns? Johnson pitched in with a 19-yard run on his own on the drive.

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That wasn't the worst part of Cleveland's first-half performance.

End Of Half Debacle - After moving into the red zone, Kizer ran 18 yards to the Lions 2 with:40 left in the half. On Sunday he scored a touchdown and averaged 5.6 yards per carry. He had run for 20 yards to convert a third down on the drive, and hit tight end Seth DeValve with a 35-yard pass to the 1.

Detroit leads Cleveland 31-24 in the fourth quarter. It put the Lions ahead 17-10 with 3:55 left in the half - plenty of time for the Browns to score if they hadn't botched the end of the half.

The Lions remained in good shape to make a playoff run because they won.

The bottom line: The reason the game turned in the Lions' favor is because both teams showed up in their true character - the Lions, who are pointing for the postseason, and the Browns, who are hoping not to go 0-16.

The lienbacker picked off Stafford on a pass over the middle intended for Golden Tate, but suffered a knee injury on the play and did not return. DeShone Kizer opened with a 38-yard completion to receiver Sammie Coates up the far sideline to set up a first-and-goal. Last year, Decker played every snap at left tackle as a rookie.

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