Takeaways from Lions' 38-24 win over the Browns

Takeaways from Lions' 38-24 win over the Browns

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Kizer Strong - DeShone Kizer had the kind of day Hue Jackson had envisioned until he got blasted late in the third quarter and had to leave the game for a few offensive series.

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. One of them negated a big gain on another Britt catch.

That wasn't the worst part of Cleveland's first-half performance. The second quarter belonged to the Lions.

That said, Detroit did hold DeShone Kizer own preventing Cleveland from calling another play prior to halftime. This team makes mistakes - witness the end of the first half - but it has not quit or given up.

Cleveland and their fans have had little reason to celebrate this season, especially after All-Pro lineman Joe Thomas went down with a triceps injury, breaking his record for consecutive snaps played.

An undermanned roster led 24-17 in the third quarter, but the Browns' defense could not sustain some early success and was eventually overwhelmed. Not just in the first half. A pass to David Njoku was thrown too far outside and he could not get his feet down in bounds.

For the most part the defense made the Lions work for what they got.

Prior to the defense's struggles, the defensive unit did have its positive moments against a good team.Still, there is plenty of room for improvement.

The Lions forced a fumble after a completed pass and fourth-year cornerback Nevin Lawson returned the turnover 44 yards for a touchdown, which gave them a 17-10 lead over the Browns with 3:55 to play in the first half.

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