Lions could have been called for delay of game on Browns’ sneak before halftime

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The Browns committed the bonehead play of the day on Sunday in Detroit when they ran a quarterback sneak from the 2-yard line with 15 seconds left in the first half and no timeouts. The play ended, as quarterback sneaks tend to, with a big pile of players in the middle of the field, and by the time everyone got unpiled, there was no time left in the half.

But the Lions contributed to that big pile of players taking so long to get lined back up for the next play: Detroit players were purposely getting off the pile slowly to keep the Browns from getting lined up to run another offensive play. And for that, the Lions easily could have been called for defensive delay of game.

Former NFL officiating department heads Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino both said today on a FOX Sports video that they believe the Lions got away with delay of game, and should have been flagged.

“The defenders all jumped on [Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer] and they took their sweet time getting up, and it looked like maybe eight to 10 seconds before the officials were able to put the ball into play,” Blandino said. “That’s delay of game defense, it would stop the clock. . . . It certainly looked like that should have been delay of game there.”

If the penalty had been called, the Browns would have had time for one more play and probably would have sent their field goal team onto the field for a chip shot. The Browns should have known better than to risk time running out with a quarterback sneak, but the officials also should have flagged the Lions.

36 responses to “Lions could have been called for delay of game on Browns’ sneak before halftime

  1. When you are 0-8 (now 0-9), the refs give you no breaks. Terrible play call. The refs were too busy thinking “that was stupid” instead of watching the pile for penalties.

  2. Yes it should have been delay of game on the defense. Blame the officials. It should also be a reviewable call. Veteran move by Akeem Spence for fist holding onto the leg of Kizer, then sort of wallowing on the ground while “trying” to get up then, at the last second, jumping across the line of scrimmage so he isn’t offsides. Bravo! Brilliant performance!

  3. I am really surprised the NFL replay folks did not review that and give Detroit the ball and two points

  4. About six seconds of the delay was somewhat legitimate. The last four was one guy blatantly holding Kizer.

    Doesn’t change the fact that Kizer audibled into a quarterback sneak.

  5. The Browns committed the bonehead play of the day on Sunday

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    The Browns have a lot of competition from Fox and the Bears in that competition.

  6. That makes sense… every team should get an untimed play against Detroit. Only ref thinking could take a failed bonehead call and award another try.

  7. If this was the Patriots, you best believe there would have been a delay of game call. That’s why the NFL will go extinct in 10 years. People are tired of certain teams getting all of the calls to line the pockets of millionaires. In fact, this comment will be deleted for fear of exposing the NFL for what it is. Crooks.

  8. This is situational football and things we we take for granted with veteran QBs and good head coaches and offensive coordinators. Next year Kizer will be a veteran so the Browns will be set on at least 1 of 3.

  9. First of all, the Patriots wouldn’t run a an sneak from the 2 with 15 seconds on the clock and no timeouts. And second. if it were the patriots on defense they would be smart enough to not risk getting a delay of game penalty because they know the rule, and wouldn’t want to take the Browns off the hook, assuming correctly that they wouldn’t be able to execute well enough to get another snap off anyhow. You may not like them, but you know it’s true – they’re the most prepared, well-coached team in football, and maybe in all of sports.

  10. Actually it was a judgement call left up to the Refs on the field according to the rules. I guess they were too busy laughing to notice the time.

  11. But once again the refs don’t get penalized for their mistakes that was a poorly called game by the refs. However it was just as bad as the call by Kizer. Maybe just maybe we won’t have to wait until we play the chargers to win again. GO TRIBE AND TAKE THE CAVS WITH YOU! Wait until next season or is it the season after that! WHO KNOWS!

  12. bringbackwayne says:
    November 13, 2017 at 6:53 pm
    Great move by the lions. Very Patriot like

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    Not really, the Lions cant rent space in people’s heads like the Patriots can.

  13. Possibky it could have been called. But the Browns olinemen weren’t exactly in a hurry either. Dumb coach dumb QB.

  14. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    November 13, 2017 at 7:57 pm
    If this was the Patriots, you best believe there would have been a delay of game call. That’s why the NFL will go extinct in 10 years. People are tired of certain teams getting all of the calls to line the pockets of millionaires. In fact, this comment will be deleted for fear of exposing the NFL for what it is. Crooks.

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    Once again, this story has nothing to do with the pats. What is wrong with pats fan, they feel every story is about them. Sad sad fan base.

  15. Just because one team is in a hurry doesn’t mean the other team has to be. The refs were correct in not throwing the flag.

  16. I didn’t see much delay if any. Just a lack of urgency on the Lions part. Refs probably didn’t think there was anything wrong with that.

    They could have called a penalty in theory, but that doesn’t mean it would have been a good call. It takes time to unwind a pile.

  17. As a Lions fan if you want to start getting calls on the field, win games you get screwed in and eventually a few call will go your way. The Lions are just now starting to get a few calls, and a few against. We are not the Packers, Cowboys, Patriots, yet, but are working towards it. While Seattle, and Denver are starting to lose favor

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