Stafford throws 3 TDs as Lions beat winless Browns

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DeShone Kizer left his team's game against the Detroit Lions late in the third quarter after taking this brutal hit from Quandre Diggs.

According to the CBS broadcast, the rookie had his ribs injured.

The Lions drew even with the Browns at 24-24 on Stafford's eight-yard touchdown pass to Riddick with 52 seconds to play in the third quarter. Stafford ended the game completing 17 of his 26 passes for 249 yards, three scores and one interception.

Cody Kessler, who appeared in relief of a struggling Kizer earlier this season, replaced him. Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson ran well.

The Browns (0-8) are one of two winless teams in the league, but they feature No. 1 pick Myles Garrett at right defensive end.

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

On the next drive, Kizer scored on a 1-yard sneak to make it 24-17. Kizer was careful with the ball and made a nice throw to Seth DeValve before the Browns' third touchdown.

Unfortunately for the Browns, Stafford responded with two touchdown passes of his own to go ahead 31-24.

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. He did return to the game, but by that point the deficit was too large with too little time left.

The bottom line: The reason the game turned in the Lions' favor is because both teams showed up in their true character - the Lions, who are pointing for the postseason, and the Browns, who are hoping not to go 0-16.

Finding the formula: It took a while but the Browns finally found their running game - and they used it. Cleveland ran for 201 yards in the loss, 118 in the second half. Matthew Stafford had a pass intercepted. Right call by the Browns?

What I didn't like: The end of the first half was a series of clock-management mishaps that saw the Browns blow a chance to tie the game or cut the deficit with a field goal. Yet another botched opportunity and terrible clock management considering that the Browns had to blow their final timeout with 1:17 to go in the half.



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