Jim Caldwell discusses the Lions’ 38-24 win over the Browns at Ford Field on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
Detroit Lions’ Golden Tate celebrates his catch towards the Cleveland Browns within the second quarter Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at Ford Field.(Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)
Don’t be fooled by the ultimate rating.
The Detroit Lions gained huge once more Sunday, 38-24, over the Cleveland Browns for his or her fourth double-digit victory in 9 video games this yr, nevertheless it’s not possible to stroll away from the sport feeling good about this crew and its playoff probabilities.
Playing a Browns crew that has gained one in all its previous 28 video games, the Lions trudged by three quarters of play till a well timed harm to quarterback DeShone Kizer and a pair huge offensive performs gave them their two-touchdown victory.
The Lions’ sixth-ranked run protection obtained gashed for a season-high 201 yards. Matthew Stafford threw an unpleasant interception early within the recreation. And if the Browns hadn’t Browns’d their option to the locker room at halftime, Sunday’s recreation may need had a unique end result.
Look, give the Lions credit score for successful. Ultimately, that’s the one factor that issues within the NFL, and numerous completely different gamers — Nevin Lawson, Golden Tate, Eric Ebron — contributed to Sunday’s victory.
But for a crew that has a objective of successful in January, performances like Sunday are a reminder they have an extended option to go.
The Lions are tied for second within the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers crew they beat six days in the past, however they’re enjoying catch-up with the Minnesota Vikings, who defeated Washington, 38-30, behind 4 landing pbades from Case Keenum.
Here are extra ideas within the aftermath of Sunday’s win:
►The Lions caught a break late within the first half Sunday when the Browns let a scoring alternative slip by their arms.
After throwing incomplete on first down, the Browns had second-and-goal on the 2 with 15 seconds left and referred to as a quarterback sneak with Kizer. The Lions stood up Kizer on the line up scrimmage, and a pile-up ensued that ran the remaining break day the clock earlier than the Browns may get off one other snap.
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Whether it was coached or not, Tavon Wilson jumped on the pile to gum up the combo, and Akeem Spence took his time getting off proper deal with Shon Coleman.
►Kizer confirmed one thing together with his escapability Sunday. The rookie gave the Lions suits with 57 yards speeding on seven carries and 215 yards pbading. He took an enormous hit from Quandre Diggs on the second to final play of the third quarter that knocked him out for a stretch.
The Lions scored the go-ahead landing on their ensuing possession, then tacked on one other rating after backup Cody Kessler led Cleveland to 2 extra three-and-outs.
►Ebron didn’t have the large recreation I and a few others thought he could be headed for Sunday towards a Browns crew that entered the day having given up probably the most receptions to tight ends within the NFL, however he did catch the game-winning landing early within the fourth quarter.
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Ebron beat a Browns defensive again in one-on-one protection with a pleasant transfer alongside the left sideline for his second landing of the yr. He completed with two catches on three targets for 39 yards and at last was cheered by the hometown crowd.
►Tate got here up huge S, with six catches for 97 yards. He put the sport away with a dagger of a 40-yard catch-and-run landing late within the fourth quarter.
►Next up for the Lions is a highway journey to Chicago. The Bears have a greater protection than they confirmed Sunday, after they misplaced to the Green Bay Packers, 23-16. That recreation gained’t be a cakewalk, nevertheless it’s one other one the Lions ought to win to arrange an enormous Thanksgiving showdown with the Vikings at Ford Field.
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