Close isn't good enough as Browns remain winless

The Cleveland Browns entered Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions with a record of 0-8.

Run Defense - The Browns normally stout run defense got gashed by runs of 20, 10 and 21 yards on consecutive plays - with Garrett, Ogbah and Shelton on the sideline - on 1 drive that eventually ended in a Matt Prater 46-yard field goal with 6:00 left in the 1st quarter to cut Cleveland's lead to 10-3. Detroit would end up winning the contest, 38-24.

For the 5-4 Lions, the win wasn't pretty, but it did keep them in NFC playoff contention.

Kizer left the game with a rib injury after taking a hit from Quandre Diggs. After a 38-yard pass completion from quarterback DeShone Kizer to Sammie Coates, Zane Gonzalez booted a 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 11:30 to go in the opener.

Down by a 10-3 count early in the second quarter, the Lions were backed up at their own 10-yard line after a punt from the Browns, but they marched 90 yards in just eight plays for the game-tying touchdown, which came on an eight-yard carry from running back Ameer Abdullah with 10:25 to play in the first half.

Crowell led the Browns rushing attack against a tough Lions defense and kept Cleveland in the game for as long as possible. This game was competitive from the start.

Kizer was having his best game of the season before suffering a rib injury that forced him to the locker room. Kizer's sneak failed, and the Browns found that they had a big problem when it did - namely, they were out of timeouts, and nobody seemed to know what to do as time ticked down. The Week 10 matchup was much closer than most anticipated, with the Browns putting up 10 unanswered points to start the contest. The clock expired before Kizer could get everyone lined up in time to kill it. Duke Johnson slammed his helmet in frustration drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that was enforced to start the second half.

The Lions remained in good shape to make a playoff run because they won.

The Lions also activated Corey Robinson off injured reserve on Saturday, and waived wide receiver Jace Billingsley.

"When Deck's ready, Deck's going to play", Caldwell said.

  • Stacy Allen