DeShone Kizer returns to Browns vs. Lions game

DeShone Kizer returns to Browns vs. Lions game

DeShone Kizer returns to Browns vs. Lions game

The Browns were coming out of a timeout - their last of the half - and it is incumbent upon Jackson to stress game situation to his rookie quarterback.

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 12: Quandre Diggs #28 of the Detroit Lions hits quarterback DeShone Kizer #7 of the Cleveland Browns during the second half at Ford Field on November 12, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The Browns wouldn't go away in this one - and if Kizer hadn't gone down with the score tied in the second half, this game would've been closer. Stafford ended the game completing 17 of his 26 passes for 249 yards, three scores and one interception. He was replaced by Cody Kessler and the Browns' offense fell apart, and although Kizer came back to finish the game, by the time he returned Cleveland had fallen behind by two touchdowns.

The Browns punted, but the defense held the Lions and the Browns got the ball back still only trailing by seven. DeShone Kizer opened with a 38-yard completion to receiver Sammie Coates up the far sideline to set up a first-and-goal.

Cleveland coach Hue Jackson agreed with his quarterback's assessment.

In what universe does that make sense? Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson ran well.

Emmanuel Ogbah had four sacks, and Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert each added a sack. And there even was a Kenny Britt sighting, as he was able to turn a short pass into a touchdown in the first quarter. Ogbah and Myles Garrett started fast, Kizer looked more comfortable and the Browns were aggressive and successful running the ball.

For the most part the defense made the Lions work for what they got. After all, the Lions are clearly the better team and they have the home-field advantage (though that has not been very helpful for them this season). "I see a guy who's starting to get it, and that's huge".

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