Lions survive a scare, come back to beat Browns

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The Browns remain winless. But at least this time they showed some signs of life.

After getting off to a strong start and taking a 10-0 lead today in Detroit, the Browns fell apart with a terrible play call at the end of the first half, an injury to quarterback DeShone Kizer and some ugly coverage in their secondary. The Lions ended up winning 38-24.

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

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, meanwhile, got off to an ugly start but turned it on late, with three second-half touchdown passes to put the game out of reach. Detroit also got some big runs from running backs Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.

For the 0-9 Browns, the signature play was the last play of the first half, when Kizer tried a quarterback sneak from the 2-yard line with no timeouts left and ended up helplessly trying to get the offense lined up as time expired. That was a dumb play call that will overshadow the fact that Cleveland played better today than it has for most of the season.

For the 5-4 Lions, the win wasn’t pretty, but it did keep them in NFC playoff contention. To make the playoffs they’ll need to play better than they did today, but they played well enough to beat the Browns.

41 responses to “Lions survive a scare, come back to beat Browns

  1. With the Niners being one of the worst teams in the league over the last couple of years, someone asked me if the Seahawks were still a major rival? Or if it was still the Cowboys, the Packers or even the Rams?

    My first answer was that the Niner’s primary rival was themselves. This is because I no longer get mad at the other team for beating the Niners. I get mad at the Niner’s total ineptitude.

    But then I thought about it and decided that the Browns were the Niner’s main rivals. The incompetence on the field over the last couple of years is insignificant to the Brown’s ability to lose football games and make poor personnel decisions. I’m not saying this to make the Niners look good. In a turd polishing contest; 1st and 2nd place are still turds. Last year the Browns claimed the top draft pick. This season the Browns have continued to show the upstart 49ers who is the true master of suckage. I really thought the Browns might win today…and then the Browns like the arch suckage rivals that they are came through in the end. So the Niners are left with a very winnable game.

  2. I’m all for consistency, but not just for the sake of it. There is no evidence the awful moneyball plan is working or will work moving forward, and the plan to do things this way was stupid from the start. Can someone inform Jimmy Haslam that he’s not as smart as he thinks he is and this failure of a plan needs to be blown up and redone the correct way??? We’ve been through every strategy except the one that works for every. other. team. JIMMY: GET OUT OF THE WAY AND HIRE A GM WITH A POSITIVE TRACK RECORD TO INTERVIEW AND HIRE A REAL COACH. KEEP YOUR PICKS AND ACTUALLY USE THEM TO BUILD THROUGH THE DRAFT WHILE KEEPING YOUR PERFORMERS AND SIGNING A COUPLE VETS IN FA. ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE.

  3. waynefontesismyfather says:

    Without a doubt, Kizer should be kicked out of the league. He is an embarrassment to humanity let alone the NFL/Browns.
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    *eye roll* Did you even watch the game?

  4. dws123 says:

    November 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    waynefontesismyfather says:

    Without a doubt, Kizer should be kicked out of the league. He is an embarrassment to humanity let alone the NFL/Browns.
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    *eye roll* Did you even watch the game?

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    Kizer sucks. I have no idea why they threw at Slay so many times. Did they even read the scouting report? Slay is having a probowl year outside of the Carolina game.

    But if Cleveland would have gotten a good QB in the draft (Wentz, Watson, Dak) they would be a whole lot better than 0-9.

  5. Well it ended with a win, embarrassing as it might have been, and no major injuries. In the NFL, thats a good week. Better hope they got a plan for Chicago’s backs tho after giving up over 200 yards on the ground to the Browns.

  6. As a Lions fan, I’ll give the Browns defense props. Pass rush was good and the sided the run most of the day.

    Kizer looked pretty good as well, but there isn’t enough talent around him to compete.

  7. At least the lions won the battle of the two most inept organizations in football… Something for fans to hang on to because they’re not winning the division or going to the playoffs team is trash just like that hollowed out city they represent

  8. I’m sensing a lot of scared Vikings fans on here. Can’t wait for them to lose AGAIN to our great Lions team!

    Of course there are no Packers or Bears fans left here, since both teams are long done!

    THE YEAR OF THE CAT!!

  9. Why do the Browns even pay a head coach? Their Head Coach is 1-24…that is being the epitome of useless and being a waste of an organizations time and money.

    Haslam could have literally gone to the unemployment line and found a random guy looking for work who could have done just as good of job as Hue’s 1-24 record without any coaching experience whatsoever,

  10. heyearofthecat1 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm
    I’m sensing a lot of scared Vikings fans on here. Can’t wait for them to lose AGAIN to our great Lions team!

    Of course there are no Packers or Bears fans left here, since both teams are long done!

    THE YEAR OF THE CAT!!
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    Scared? Of the Lions? That could very well be the joke statement of the year here on PFT.

    If 3 words should never be brought together it’s

    Scared Of Lions.

    The Vikes are much stronger since the Lions squeaked out a win, and the Lions are, well, they are a team that just struggled at home against a winless team who more than likely would have won if their ROOKIE QB didn’t leave the game. The Browns didn’t score even 7 points with that said QB in London against the Vikes, what does that say for your Lions?

    Not Much.

  11. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    How great is Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions?!?!? I’m sensing an NFC Championship in this team’s future!

    THE YEAR OF THE CAT!!!

    You barely beat my browns. Drinking the kool aid much?

  12. 26predator says:

    Every week in the NFL is as scare unless you’re the Patriots.
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    Then why aren’t they undefeated?

  13. They’re gonna lay waste to the Bears next Sunday in Chicago. The Bears D has run out of gas covering for the pathetic offense and the whole team has pretty much quit on Fox. Anyone who saw them tank against the depleted Packers today knows I’m right.

  14. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 5:55 pm
    redright88thefumblethedrive, we scored 38 points and beat you by 2 TDs in the end. Enough with the “barely beat” garbage.

    4 0 Rate This
    38? Is that all you posted on vs a winless team? Pretty weak.

  15. Looking forward to the rematch, hopefully we dont hand you guys the game again like our last 3-4 games on turnovers.

    starting to like this year of the cat guy, he’s crazy

  16. redright88thefumblethedrive says:
    November 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 12, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    How great is Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions?!?!? I’m sensing an NFC Championship in this team’s future!

    THE YEAR OF THE CAT!!!

    You barely beat my browns. Drinking the kool aid much?

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    Actually we won by two touchdowns

  17. Oh I see the Shasa ,Hue show continues to roll. The way the Browns are run under this owner I expect both to get extensions announced soon.

  18. Vikings fans ar getting a little too high on themselves…. don’t be like packer fans. Personally i think it will be a good game on thanksgiving. But keep in mind detroit beat you at your place… when you still had Dalvin Cook and detroit was starting a dumpster fire at left tackle.

    And please can we not hear anymore about how this is a backup qb? This is better quarterback play than Minnesota has had in over a decade. Keenum has great chemistry with his wideouts and those injuries may have been a blessing in disguise for vikes the way it looks right now.

  19. 2 straight wins for the Lions facing teams that had a bye week and had extra time to prepare. Not to mention, playing today on a short week after playing Monday. It wasn’t pretty, but they got it done. Love the NFL scheduling.

  20. coltluger, friend, buddy, pal. Welcome to the home of the REAL winners!

    Thanksgiving dinner will be so delicious for Michiganders. For Minnesotans, it will be bitter.

    ONE PRIDE, baby!

  21. The Browns are a desperate team, sometimes desperate teams surprise and make the game more competitive. Happened to my Vikings who are a good team and I knew they would win even thou the Browns surpsised. The Vikings are a good team and so are the Lions. Looking forward to the matchup next week.

  22. nflfollower says:

    November 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Vikings fans ar getting a little too high on themselves…. don’t be like packer fans. Personally i think it will be a good game on thanksgiving. But keep in mind detroit beat you at your place… when you still had Dalvin Cook and detroit was starting a dumpster fire at left tackle.

    And please can we not hear anymore about how this is a backup qb? This is better quarterback play than Minnesota has had in over a decade. Keenum has great chemistry with his wideouts and those injuries may have been a blessing in disguise for vikes the way it looks right now.

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    Us Vikings fan like our team, but Trust me we are worried about the Lions. You haven’t dominated us in any of the recent games (close games), but you have one last 3 times.

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