After getting off to a strong start and taking a 10-0 lead today in Detroit, the Browns fell apart with a awful play call at the end of the first half, an injury to quarterback DeShone Kizer and some ugly coverage in their secondary.
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 12: Quandre Diggs #28 of the Detroit Lions hits quarterback DeShone Kizer #7 of the Cleveland Browns during the second half at Ford Field on November 12, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Browns lost 38-24 but had Kizer not gotten injured, they were on their way to their first win of the season. The interception was his first.
Cleveland's backup quarterback, Cody Kessler, entered the proceedings on the final play of the third frame after Kizer departed with an injury. The Lions ended up winning 38-24. And in the big picture, that's what matters for the Lions. Crowell had 90 rushing yards and a touchdown, Duke Johnson added 54, and Kizer had 57, including his fourth rushing touchdown of the season.
Detroit closed to within 10-3 with exactly 6:00 left in the initial period on Matt Prater's 46-yard field goal.
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The Lions then knotted the score at 10-all when Ameer Abdullah bulled up the middle from 9 yards out with 10:25 remaining until intermission. And there even was a Kenny Britt sighting, as he was able to turn a short pass into a touchdown in the first quarter.
Cleveland scored the first 10 points of the game, but the Lions rallied to take a 17-10 lead by halftime.
Emmanuel Ogbah had four sacks, and Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert each added a sack. Detroit improved to 5-4 on the season.
For the second straight game, the Browns got off to a hot start, and it had a little bit to do with both sides of the ball. That was a dumb play call that will overshadow the fact that Cleveland played better today than it has for most of the season.