What it means: If the Browns played this way all season, there would be unhappiness about the record but credit for an undermanned team competing to win.
The Browns remain winless.
The tide turned with a rib injury suffered by Browns starting quarterback DeShone Kizer in the third quarter.
The Browns, of course, have no hopes of a second-half turnaround that would suddenly vault them to playoff contention. The Lions' offense found a rhythm late but started off slow and spotted the Browns a 10-point lead.
Kizer's 1-yard plunge completed an 80-yard drive and gave the Browns the lead later in the quarter.
That being said, in addition to the Lions vs. Browns, there are plenty of other games on the NFL Week 10 schedule for you to enjoy. Still, it would have been nice for the Browns to find out more about what they had in Kizer before the season comes to a close.
Kizer was having his best game of the season before suffering a rib injury that forced him to the locker room. He had run for 20 yards to convert a third down on the drive, and hit tight end Seth DeValve with a 35-yard pass to the 1. McCarron, Kizer looked more comfortable than he has in a long time. But at least this time they showed some signs of life.
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. After receiving the opening kickoff, the Lions went backward. On Sunday he scored a touchdown and averaged 5.6 yards per carry. Yet another botched opportunity and frightful clock management considering that the Browns had to blow their final timeout with 1:17 to go in the half. They also surrendered an 8-yard TD run by Ameer Abdullah that tied the game at 10 in the second quarter. Kessler overthrew Tregg by 10 yards, much to the receiver's chagrin. Those two imperfect plays significantly hurt the cause. Their first play after the punt was a 37-yard pass to Sammie Coates to set up a field goal that gave the Browns a 3-0 lead.