A few minutes later, Nevin Lawson returned a fumble for a score giving Detroit the lead. 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. The Browns now list Kizer as questionable to return.
That wasn't the worst part of Cleveland's first-half performance. I thought our guys had a little more pep in their step, fought hard, gave it everything they had.
The Lions drew even with the Browns at 24-24 on Stafford's eight-yard touchdown pass to Riddick with 52 seconds to play in the third quarter.
All was not lost, however, as the Browns only trailed by seven points and, up to that point, had dominated Detroit's defense by rushing for 197 yards. First, Ameer Abdullah ran it up the gut to tie the game at 10.
So of course Jackson decides it is time to pass the ball.
He wasn't going to let rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer take any of the blame for Cleveland's 38-24 loss to the Detroit Lions, and he wasn't going to talk about moral victories. With seven more games to go, the Browns are hoping to avoid becoming only the second team to go 0-16, a record held by the Lions.
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After a sluggish start that saw them go three-and-out on their first drive before Stafford threw an interception on the second, the Lions' offense produced 31 points against one of the stingiest defensive units in the league.
In what universe does that make sense?
Detroit closed to within 10-3 with exactly 6:00 left in the initial period on Matt Prater's 46-yard field goal.
Stafford completed 17 of 26 passes for 249 yards. Emmanuel Ogbah had two sacks. The Lions gummed up the works as the bodies unfolded and the clock expired.
"Most of the time when I was in there, he was in there", said Garrett, who had one tackle.