Close isn't good enough as Browns remain winless

Nov 20 2016 Detroit MI USA Detroit Lions offensive tackle Taylor Decker walks on the field after the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field. Lions won 26-19. Mandatory Credit Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Lions entered the game as 10.5-point favorites over the Browns, who were coming off their bye week.

According to the CBS broadcast, the rookie had his ribs injured.

Kizer was having a good game, he had a touchdown pass while completing 15 of his 24 passes.

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.

Backup quarterback Cody Kessler wasn't able to generate any points in Kizer's absence, and Stafford was too much for the defense to handle.

Cleveland Browns starting running back Isaiah Crowell has dealt with a ton of criticism this year.

An undermanned roster led 24-17 in the third quarter, but the Browns' defense could not sustain some early success and was eventually overwhelmed.

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? Running back Duke Johnson moved the chains by the nose of the football.

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.

The Browns made mistakes, including at the end of the first half when they botched the most basic elements in clock management.

On the next drive, Kizer scored on a 1-yard sneak to make it 24-17.

Going For It - With 4 minutes left in the first quarter and facing a fourth-and-1 from their own 44, Hue Jackson rolled the dice and went for it. Detroit needed just 10 rushes to surpass the average of 84.3 yards per game on the ground allowed by the Browns. They also surrendered an 8-yard TD run by Ameer Abdullah that tied the game at 10 in the second quarter. The Browns stalled again in the red zone though, with Kizer overthrowing David Njoku out the right side of the end zone on third down. Yet another botched opportunity and disgusting clock management considering that the Browns had to blow their final timeout with 1:17 to go in the half. Zane Gonzalez kicked a 23-yard field goal to open the scoring with 11:30 left in the first quarter.

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