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Kizer plays well, but Browns still lose to go 0-9

13 November 2017

The Browns made mistakes, including at the end of the first half when they botched the most basic elements in clock management. The 21 passes and 232 yards were both the second best totals of Kizer's career, trailing only a game against the Indianapolis Colts when he was 22-for-47 with 242 yards passing. The second-year veteran last played on October 22, replacing Kizer early in the third quarter of Cleveland's 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Lions defensive back Nevin Lawson stripped the Browns ball carrier, broke a tackle and took it all the way back for a touchdown, making it 17-10 Lions in the second quarter.

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Myles Garrett wasn't surprised to see the Detroit Lions rally from an early 10-point deficit Sunday. After being evaluated in the locker room and watching Cody Kessler take some snaps, Kizer went back into the game with 4:28 left in the fourth quarter. Then, after a 29-yard punt return after a three-and-out from the Browns, Stafford found Tate for a 40-yard touchdown, which gave the Lions a two-score advantage. That gave Quandre Diggs a free shot at Kizer, who left with rib injuries.

Let's recap: the Browns were down by seven, had nearly 11 minutes on the clock, had their backup quarterback in the game, were ripping the Lions on the ground, and Jackson decides to call passes on five of their next six offensive plays.

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Emmanuel Ogbah had four sacks, and Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert each added a sack. The teams hadn't faced each other since the 2013 season, when the Lions won at Cleveland, 31-17.

The first half ended with the Browns running out of time at the Lions' 2-yard line and Detroit still in control 17-10. Then, with no timeouts, the Browns ran a quarterback sneak on second-and-goal. The reason he was hit was because David Njoku missed a block. As a result, Zane Gonzalez had to kick a field goal. The Browns' formula when the season started was to play good defense and run the ball; to win conservatively, or at least try to.

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Kizer plays well, but Browns still lose to go 0-9