It was dicey for a while, and the final score - a covering-the-rare-double-digit-spread win for the Detroit Lions - doesn't really portray what happened Sunday.
Accustomed to what we are used to seeing, the "normal" Browns committed three penalties on the same set of downs.
Detroit closed to within 10-3 with exactly 6:00 left in the initial period on Matt Prater's 46-yard field goal. He finished 21-of-37 for 232 yards with one touchdown and one interception as the Browns tried a last-gasp comeback.
Kizer was having a good game, he had a touchdown pass while completing 15 of his 24 passes.More news: Putin: Russia, PH now ready to develop military, technical cooperation
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Detroit took its first lead at 17-10 with 3:55 to go in the half when cornerback Nevin Lawson picked up a fumble and scampered 44 yards into the end zone.
With how the first half ended both Jackson and Kizer are to blame.
What I liked: Until he hurt his ribs early in the fourth quarter, Kizer had his best game of the season. The clock expired before Kizer could get everyone lined up in time to kill it. Duke Johnson slammed his helmet in frustration drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that was enforced to start the second half.
Kizer retreated to the medical tent behind the bench, then walked with medical personnel to the team's locker room. Detroit would end up winning the contest, 38-24.
For the most part the defense made the Lions work for what they got. To realize just how bad the Browns have been, consider that they are just 1-23 under head coach Hue Jackson.