Stafford throws 3 TDs as Lions beat winless Browns

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The Browns elected to run a quarterback sneak with DeShone Kizer with 15 seconds remaining in the first half and the team down a touchdown to the Detroit Lions.

Second Half Stops The Browns defense gave up 3 touchdown drives in the second half.

"He's one of our best football players, and he bring a lot to our defense", Browns coach Hue Jackson said in a conference call with Detroit reporters this week.

After Abdullah sprung a 19-yard burst on the first play of the drive, fellow rusher Theo Riddick ran for 10 yards, and then, caught a seven-yard throw from Stafford. He was replaced by Cody Kessler and the Browns' offense fell apart, and although Kizer came back to finish the game, by the time he returned Cleveland had fallen behind by two touchdowns. Unfortunately 3 penalties - holding on tight end Seth DeValve and right guard Kevin Zeitler and an illegal formation on right tackle Shon Coleman - in 4 plays killed the drive.

The Lions are trying to make the playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons.

However, there were bright spots.

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Kizer matched the D's quick start, hitting Sammie Coates with a 38-yard pass on his first play to the Detroit 9.

Cleveland Browns starting running back Isaiah Crowell has dealt with a ton of criticism this year. Emmanuel Ogbah had two sacks.

Question: Is there one word that can describe what it meant for the Lions to win and avoid a crushing upset at the hands of the still-winless Browns? Whether that's a step forward or merely the way it is can be judged by each individual.

Rushing Attack - The Browns ran for a season-high 201 yards on 33 attempts in the loss. This game was competitive from the start. The Week 10 matchup was much closer than most anticipated, with the Browns putting up 10 unanswered points to start the contest. This team makes mistakes - witness the end of the first half - but it has not quit or given up.

Down Goes Kizer - Kizer got leveled by Lions cornerback Quadre Diggs in the ribs with 6 seconds left in the third quarter and had to be walked off with trainers.

Kizer was having his best game of the season before suffering a rib injury that forced him to the locker room.