Kizer returns, but Browns still blow it, losing to Detroit 38-24


The Cleveland Browns gave themselves a shot at their first win Sunday against the Detroit Lions - perhaps their best shot of the season except for going to overtime against Tennessee.

The Brown had runs of 21, four, six, 19, 14 and six on this touchdown drive to knot the score at 17 in the third quarter.

The Lions, who snapped a three-game losing streak with a win Monday night against the Green Bay Packers, have given up 26 sacks on the season, tied for sixth most in the league, and are 29th in rushing. The team remains winless.

What I liked: Until he hurt his ribs early in the fourth quarter, Kizer had his best game of the season.

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 first half ended with the Browns running out of time at the Lions' 2-yard line and Detroit still in control 17-10.

Kizer was stuffed at the line, and time expired before the Browns could stop the clock or attempt another play.

Q. The start: How would you describe the way the game started? .

Considering how hapless the Browns have been for much of this season, that's a problem. 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. 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. Yet another botched opportunity and frightful clock management considering that the Browns had to blow their final timeout with 1:17 to go in the half. It went nowhere, and the Lions wisely made sure the Browns could not get up to spike the ball for a field goal try. On Sunday he scored a touchdown and averaged 5.6 yards per carry.

Finding the formula: It took a while but the Browns finally found their running game - and they used it. Cleveland ran for 201 yards in the loss, 118 in the second half.

"When Deck's ready, Deck's going to play", Caldwell said.

After not punting at all in last week's game, the Lions lost 13 yards and punted on their first possession.