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Lions survive a scare, come back to beat Browns

Lions survive a scare, come back to beat Browns

The team remains winless.

Answer: "Relief" comes to mind.

With 15 seconds left in the first half, the Browns had the ball inside the Lions' five with no timeouts, but they called a run play which the Lions stopped, and then the Brown didn't have enough time to get another play off, ending the first half with the Lions up 17-10.

Q. Style points: Should the Lions feel good about their performance, considering they beat the worst team in the NFL? Crowell and Johnson each contributed, as the Browns showed the design they had to win games this season can work when they actually follow the plan. They also surrendered an 8-yard TD run by Ameer Abdullah that tied the game at 10 in the second quarter. The opposite would have been true if they had played great and lost. Detroit needed just 10 rushes to surpass the average of 84.3 yards per game on the ground allowed by the Browns. DeShone Kizer left his team's game against the Detroit Lions late in the third quarter after taking this brutal hit from Quandre Diggs.

Run Defense - The Browns normally stout run defense got gashed by runs of 20, 10 and 21 yards on consecutive plays - with Garrett, Ogbah and Shelton on the sideline - on 1 drive that eventually ended in a Matt Prater 46-yard field goal with 6:00 left in the 1st quarter to cut Cleveland's lead to 10-3. They rolled 80 more yards in 10 plays capped by Kizer's 1-yard QB keeper into the endzone after he found DeValve for 35 yards for a 24-17 advantage that was unfortunately short-lived. But in terms of talent, and how a play was set up for him to make the play, it figured.

Detroit leads Cleveland 31-24 in the fourth quarter. "What you've seen from us week in and week out, we've had a lot of guys up and down, but it's a team game". But that's what it was.

The Lions also activated Corey Robinson off injured reserve on Saturday, and waived wide receiver Jace Billingsley. Tate led the team with six catches for 97 yards.

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The Browns are tied for 23rd in the league with just 16 sacks, but have one of the best run defenses in the NFL.

Q. Bounce back: Isn't that what the Lions did on the next possession? Matthew Stafford had a pass intercepted.

Second Half Stops The Browns defense gave up 3 touchdown drives in the second half.

Q. The mood: What was it like in Ford Field?

DeShone Kizer returned to the game in the fourth quarter. Running back Duke Johnson moved the chains by the nose of the football. After the review, the call on the field was confirmed. How do you explain that decision?

End Of Half Debacle - After moving into the red zone, Kizer ran 18 yards to the Lions 2 with:40 left in the half.

It was a mental mistake - and one of the many reasons the Browns are 0-9.