Kessler overthrew Tregg by 10 yards, much to the receiver's chagrin. After running for 4 yards on second down, Kizer overthrew tight end David Njoku in the back corner of the end zone allowing Zane Gonzalez to kick a 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 11:30 left in the first quarter. While he wasn't dominant in Sunday's outing, he made an impact with 62 yards - including a 50-yard reception to get Detroit's offense going in the first half. 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 Browns had a second-and-10 when Kizer flared a pass to tight end Seth DeValve in the right flat for a nine-yard gain.
Let's recap: the Browns were down by seven, had nearly 11 minutes on the clock, had their backup quarterback in the game, were ripping the Lions on the ground, and Jackson decides to call passes on five of their next six offensive plays. Running back Duke Johnson moved the chains by the nose of the football.
Rushing Attack - The Browns ran for a season-high 201 yards on 33 attempts in the loss.
Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer gave Detroit's defense headaches all day, particularly over the middle.
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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 closed to within 10-3 with exactly 6:00 left in the initial period on Matt Prater's 46-yard field goal. It was by far his best performance of the season and reason to believe. He finished 21-of-37 for 232 yards with one touchdown and one interception as the Browns tried a last-gasp comeback. Detroit needed just 10 rushes to surpass the average of 84.3 yards per game on the ground allowed by the Browns.
The Lions are now 5-4 entering next Sunday afternoon's trip to meet their longtime rival, the Chicago Bears, at Soldier Field on the shores of Lake Michigan.
With how the first half ended both Jackson and Kizer are to blame.