Tim Boyle wasn’t able to provide enough of a spark as the Detroit Lions got handed their ninth loss at FirstEnergy Field, 13-10. At 0-9-1, the Lions are still searching for their first win of the season.
The game started off a rainy slugfest, with both sides trading eight-play drives ending in punts, followed by mirror interceptions, with the only difference being the Browns were able to convert off their turnover, in the form of a 16-yard scramble touchdown by Jarvis Landry.
The Lions were only able to eclipse the eight-play mark once all game, coming at the end of the half, with a 10-play drive ending as time expired after a nine-yard catch by T.J. Hockenson.
Penalties were the true star of this game as both teams combined for 17 penalties for 149-yards.
The Lions’ lone touchdown came at the end of the third quarter as D’Andre Swift broke off a 57-yard touchdown, making two distinct cuts before running into the endzone. Dropping Cleveland’s lead to six. The Lions’ defense was able to give the ball back to the offense on the following drive.
However, the ensuing drive got derailed by a Jonah Jackson unsportsmanlike conduct penalty called during the television timeout in between quarters. Forcing the Lions to punt the ball back to the Browns.
The Lions’ offense was given another chance to put points on the board in the fourth quarter after an AJ Parker interception, off an Alex Anzalone tip. They, unfortunately, had to settle for an Aldrick Rosas field goal. That was the last real chance for the Lions to take the lead, as the Browns figuratively and literally ran away with the lead.
The Lions’ run defense wasn’t able to consistently stuff Nick Chubb as he rushed all over them, 22 times for 130 yards.
Tim Boyle finished his first career start 15/23 for 77 yards, two interceptions, and no touchdowns. Did not look much different from Jared Goff in the offense.
Josh Reynolds had an inconspicuous Lions debut with three targets, zero receptions, one drop, and an offensive pass interference penalty.
The Lions host the Chicago Bears this Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 25, at 12:30 P.M. EST. Starters, Justin Fields and Goff are expected to miss the game so expect a low-scoring defensive battle as both teams are banged up coming into the short festive week.
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