After Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted, the Browns soon upped the gap to 10-0 on a 19-yard scoring strike from Kizer to Kenny Britt with 8:39 showing on the clock.
The Lions are now 5-4 entering next Sunday afternoon's trip to meet their longtime rival, the Chicago Bears, at Soldier Field on the shores of Lake Michigan. One of them negated a big gain on another Britt catch.
Detroit took its first lead at 17-10 with 3:55 to go in the half when cornerback Nevin Lawson picked up a fumble and scampered 44 yards into the end zone. The second quarter belonged to the Lions. Running back Ameer Abdullah rushed for 52 yards and a score on just 11 carries.
Cleveland's defense got gashed repeatedly both via the run and the pass. Cleveland fans already know the answer given how they've played.
Coach Hue Jackson doesn't escape blame here.
"I thought DeShone played probably the best game he's played", Jackson said, per Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com. Is this the team we've been waiting on? But by the end of the third quarter, the game was tied 24-all. Not just in the first half.
What I liked: Until he hurt his ribs early in the fourth quarter, Kizer had his best game of the season. The reason he was hit was because David Njoku missed a block. Can't win if the defense can't get off the field when it matters most.
Prior to the defense's struggles, the defensive unit did have its positive moments against a good team.Still, there is plenty of room for improvement.
For the 0-9 Browns, the signature play was the last play of the first half, when Kizer tried a quarterback sneak from the 2-yard line with no timeouts left and ended up helplessly trying to get the offense lined up as time expired.