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

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It's the fourth defensive score this season for the Lions, seventh fumble recovery this season for the Lions, and first fumble recovery returned for a touchdown for the Lions since October 2015 (36 games).

With no timeouts remaining and 15 seconds left in the second quarter, Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer attempted a sneak from the Detroit 2-yard line.

According to the CBS broadcast, the rookie had his ribs injured. To make the playoffs they'll need to play better than they did today, but they played well enough to beat the Browns.

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. After running for 4 yards on second down, Kizer overthrew tight end David Njoku in the back corner of the end zone allowing Zane Gonzalez to kick a 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 11:30 left in the first quarter. In the fourth quarter, with Kizer in the locker room, Cody Kessler had Bryce Treggs wide open down the left sideline for what would have been an easy game-tying touchdown. The Lions' offense found a rhythm late but started off slow and spotted the Browns a 10-point lead. The team remains winless. Johnson pitched in with a 19-yard run on his own on the drive.

It was 24-24 when he took a hard shot to the ribs by Quandre Diggs with six seconds left in the third quarter and had to leave the field. Cleveland is 0-8, and ill-equipped on either side of the ball for the type of performance it takes to string together a series of victories. 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. He did return to the game, but by that point the deficit was too large with too little time left.

The Lions forced a fumble after a completed pass and fourth-year cornerback Nevin Lawson returned the turnover 44 yards for a touchdown, which gave them a 17-10 lead over the Browns with 3:55 to play in the first half. "They could easily be a three- or four-win team right now", running back Ameer Abdullah said.

The Browns' defense came into the game ranked No. 1 in the National Football League in average yield per rush, at 2.9 yards. It was a unusual play by the Browns, who did not have a timeout left.

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