Up by seven points after back-to-back touchdown drives in the third quarter, the Browns (0-9) gave up three touchdown drives over the final 20 minutes of play and could not recover on the way to a 38-24 loss to the Lions (5-4) in Detroit.
The Lions entered the game as 10.5-point favorites over the Browns, who were coming off their bye week. Cleveland finally looked like get it. The rookie did not throw an interception in the first three quarters. Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson ran well. Titans receiver Rishard Matthews walked onto the field holding hands with soldiers and stood with teammates for the anthem for the first time since President Donald Trump criticized players for protesting.
Cleveland actually held the lead after the first too which is nice to see, but that didn't last long.
Cody Kessler, who appeared in relief of a struggling Kizer earlier this season, replaced him.
The Lions then put together a 75-yard drive of their own that ended with Theo Riddick's 8-yard catch of a Stafford aerial to deadlock the score at 24 with just 52 seconds left in the third quarter. The Browns lost 38-24 but had Kizer not gotten injured, they were on their way to their first win of the season. The rookie from Notre Dame eventually returned to action late in the contest.
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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.
But the Browns inexplicably called a quarterback sneak - or Kizer had the freedom to audible into one - Kizer was stopped, and the clock ran out.
Kizer was forced out of Sunday's game against the Lions after taking a hard shot to the ribs, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
"We're just trying to get in his face and make sure he couldn't do something like that but he was able to capitalize on our mistakes and he came through with the win".