The Lions ran for 104 yards and a touchdown - shocking given the weakness of Detroit's ground game and the strength of Cleveland's run defense - and DeValve made a major mistake in the second quarter. He entered Sunday's action completing 52.6 percent of his 19 passes for 121 yards.
Cleveland dropped to 0-9 going into a home date with the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium.
"I feel like the Browns played their best game", said Lauren Welsh of Twinsburg, "and I hope that this is a change for the season", she added.
The Browns made mistakes, including at the end of the first half when they botched the most basic elements in clock management. And there even was a Kenny Britt sighting, as he was able to turn a short pass into a touchdown in the first quarter.
Detroit closed to within 10-3 with exactly 6:00 left in the initial period on Matt Prater's 46-yard field goal.
This interception by Cleveland outside linebacker Jamie Collins was only his first of the year and sixth of his career.
Quandre Diggs knocked Kizer out of the game after tight end David Njoku let him come through unblocked, and Cleveland's offense completely stalled. Then, with no timeouts, the Browns ran a quarterback sneak on second-and-goal.
With a third-and-eight from Cleveland's 17-yard line, Stafford ran for an eight-yard gain, and then, gave the ball to Abdullah for the touchdown. They were also without starting RG T.J. Lang (concussion), but LT Taylor Decker made his season debut. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah is doubtful because of a back injury. They did the usual on the first series and stalled inside the Detroit Lions' 10 yard line. They were allowing 25 a game before facing the Lions and had held the Steelers, a top-10 offensive team, to 21 in the season opener.
What I liked: Until he hurt his ribs early in the fourth quarter, Kizer had his best game of the season.
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