Kizer returns, but Browns still blow it, losing to Detroit 38-24
Nov 13 2017
Linebacker Jamie Collins took the ball back on third down of the Lions' second series with his first interception of the season to set the Browns up at the Detroit 31 after Ogbah and Myles Garrett applied pressure to Stafford.
According to a report from the Detroit News, if the Lions want to handle their business and come away with a win over the Browns, they are going to have to do so without a trio of players. He did return to the game, but by that point the deficit was too large with too little time left. From the 3-yard line and with no timeouts, DeShone Kizer kept the ball on a QB sneak and got smothered. Cleveland Browns WR Kenny Britt actually caught a pass and scored a touchdown early in the first quarter! The reason he was hit was because David Njoku missed a block.
Considering how hapless the Browns have been for much of this season, that's a problem. The Browns have had several clock-management mishaps this season and last; this may have been the worst.
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. This against a good run defense.
Even players who have been protesting most of the season stood for the anthem this week, including the Seahawks Michael Bennett, who stood before Thursday night's game. Until Sunday, the Browns hadn't committed to the run. A few minutes later, Nevin Lawson returned a fumble for a score giving Detroit the lead. And in the big picture, that's what matters for the Lions. They marched 85 yards in 8 plays capped by a 6-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Crowell to tie the game at 17. Those two imperfect plays significantly hurt the cause.
The Browns ended up losing 38-24 for their ninth consecutive loss this season.