The Browns responded with three strong possessions: the one that came up empty at the end of the half, two long touchdown drives in the third quarter.
Kizer's 1-yard plunge completed an 80-yard drive and gave the Browns the lead later in the quarter. Linebacker Jamie Collins hurt his knee in the first quarter.
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However, there were bright spots.
Here is the play Kizer was injured on.
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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Emmanuel Ogbah had four sacks, and Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert each added a sack.
Detroit took a 17-10 advantage into the locker room, and the 0-8 Browns left fans wondering what they had witnessed. The team remains winless. Whether that's a step forward or merely the way it is can be judged by each individual. This game was competitive from the start.
Kizer, Jackson, and the Browns definitely have a lot of work to do. "Everything that happened at the end of the half is on me". Kizer appeared to change the call at the line, but his quarterback sneak was swarmed for no gain. Kizer was careful with the ball and made a nice throw to Seth DeValve before the Browns' third touchdown.
The Lions entered the game as 10.5-point favorites over the Browns, who were coming off their bye week. He did return to the game, but by that point the deficit was too large with too little time left.
The quarterback finished the day at 21-for-37 for 232 yards with a touchdown and a pick. I thought that was one of the better versions of our football team out there playing today. The reason he was hit was because David Njoku missed a block.
Tight end Eric Ebron's second touchdown of the season moved the Lions back in front after Kizer's injury. It went nowhere, and the Lions wisely made sure the Browns could not get up to spike the ball for a field goal try. But that was as close as they got to the upset. "That's how you win games".
The first half ended with the Browns running out of time at the Lions' 2-yard line and Detroit still in control 17-10. This against a good run defense. "He's a good player". The success they had against the Lions shows how they should approach the rest of the season.