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Dawg Pound Scoop: A Loss Up North

Another week, another loss. This time, the cause of the Cleveland Browns’ misery was at the hands of the Detroit Lions. Credit is due, though, as the Browns were able to hang in until the end, when the more mature team pulled away. It was yet another game the Browns were even in, but they couldn’t finish the job.

A Zane Gonzalez field goal and Kenny Britt TD got the scoring started for the game, which is something the Browns have struggled with mightily, as the Browns went up 10-0.  

Detroit came right back though, scoring 17 unanswered points with a field goal, Ameer Abdullah TD, and a scoop and score fumble recovery. They decided to use all aspects of the game to jump right on the Browns, who thought they had the game in the bag.

The Browns had a chance to score before half, but a questionable QB sneak call on the 3 yard line with no timeouts and 15 seconds left the Browns without any points heading into the break.

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Despite struggling towards the end of the first half, the Browns came out firing in the second half. Three key defensive stops led to two TDs, one by Isaiah Crowell on a 6 yard scamper and another by Kizer on a QB sneak. This put the score at 24-17 Browns, with significant hope in their favor.

But the Lions didn’t give up, as Theo Riddick punched in a 8 yard TD catch on the next drive, knotting the score up at 24, and setting up a fantastic 4th quarter.

The Browns didn’t come to play in the 4th though, as the defense did their part at the beginning, and the offense couldn’t cash in at all. It was a punting match until Eric Ebron broke the ice with a 29 yard TD catch to put them up a score. And after a hurting DeShone Kizer became rattled, the Browns offensive attack went to rest and Lions took care of the rest. Golden Tate punched in a screen pass from 40 yards out to seal the deal and send the Lions home with a 38-24 victory.

This game marked improvement and things to work on once again for the Browns. They got off to a quick start, which is a plus, but the consistency needs to improve. The key to the Browns is going be having that consistency all across the board for all 60 minutes, which could be a huge factor into how the rest of this season plays out.

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