"We lost the game", Jackson said.
He caught a pass along the sideline and powered past Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson, but Lawson was able to reach back, strip the ball and return it 44 yards for the touchdown that put the Lions ahead 17-10. The Browns finished the day with 201 yards and two touchdowns; only a Browns miscommunication keeping the Lions from going into halftime tied at 17. Certainly a field goal attempt was the worst-case scenario. That gave Quandre Diggs a free shot at Kizer, who left with rib injuries. The Browns now list Kizer as questionable to return.
Whoever was at fault at the end of the half, it was far from the only reason the Browns are still winless.
Cleveland is 0-8, and ill-equipped on either side of the ball for the type of performance it takes to string together a series of victories. I thought our guys had a little more pep in their step, fought hard, gave it everything they had.
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So of course Jackson decides it is time to pass the ball.
Now, Garrett and the Browns will move forward looking to avoid joining the Lions as the only 0-16 team in National Football League history. After a 38-yard pass completion from quarterback DeShone Kizer to Sammie Coates, Zane Gonzalez booted a 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 11:30 to go in the opener.
Others felt that the play from the four yard line at the end of the first half was what cost the Browns the game.
In what universe does that make sense?
Despite losing their first eight games, the Browns came to Ford Field ninth in total defense and ranked ahead of teams such as the Eagles, Saints, Rams and Chiefs - all of whom entered Sundays' games in first place. Crowell had 90 rushing yards and a touchdown, Duke Johnson added 54, and Kizer had 57, including his fourth rushing touchdown of the season. Emmanuel Ogbah had two sacks.