Detroit Lions vs. Cleveland Browns

DET
16
CLE
20
FINAL
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DET 027716
CLE 01001020

Game Information
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 67,431

CLEVELAND (AP) Once Austin Seibert straightened himself out, the Browns' kicking competition got on target.

Seibert appeared to lock up Cleveland's kicking job after a summer-long battle with Greg Joseph, and the Browns ended the preseason with a 20-16 win Thursday night over the Detroit Lions, who finished 0-4.

Seibert kicked field goals of 36 and 33 yards and made two extra points. The fifth-round draft pick from Oklahoma has been competing with Joseph, but Seibert, who got off to an abysmal start in training camp, separated himself by making all four field goals last week in Tampa and didn't miss against the Lions.

He said a small adjustment in his technique made the difference. He compared himself to a car getting a tune up.

"I had to get realigned," said Seibert, who made six of seven field goals and all six extra-point attempts in the exhibition season.

The Browns (3-1) are hoping to contend for a playoff spot this season and need a dependable kicker. Coach Freddie Kitchens would not commit to Seibert as his starter, and downplayed his second straight strong performance.

"He's supposed to perform," said Kitchens, who earlier in the week said he would give Joseph all the kicks. "Nothing was set in stone. He went 4 for 4, so he got another chance."

Veteran QB Josh Johnson scored on a 1-yard sneak and threw a TD pass for the Lions, who played sloppily - 12 penalties - and not up to coach Matt Patricia's standards.

"Too many mistakes, too many penalties," Patricia said. "These are things we need to eliminate. So many plays that got off track. So many negative plays. We obviously have got a lot of work in front of us, but I think these guys enjoy each other and work real hard."

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Cleveland's other starters didn't even put on their uniforms. They stood on the sideline and watched as teammates they've played with all summer battled for jobs.

"For these guys this is a dream," said Beckham, who didn't play in the preseason because of a minor hip injury.

NFL teams must submit their 53-man rosters by Saturday at 4 p.m., and the next 48 hours will be tense for dozens of players.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford did dress for the game, but he didn't throw another pass after warmups as Patricia and Kitchens sat their first-teamers.

Browns third-string QB Garrett Gilbert threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to running back Dontrell Hilliard in the first half.

Tom Savage started for Stafford, played the entire first half and completed 5 of 9 passes. Savage recently returned from a concussion suffered in the preseason opener, and will likely be Detroit's backup.

Johnson's just hoping to make the squad.

"I've been in this situation for 12 years, so you never know until you know," said Johnson, who was with Washington last year and has been on eight other teams. "We compete until the end. I just try and control what I can control and be a leader."

MILLER TIME

Browns wide receiver Braxton Miller helped his chances of making the roster with three catches for 19 yards. The former Ohio State quarterback signed last week after being cut by the Eagles.

"He did well," Kitchens said. "He took one screen and made something out of it, used his hands well."

TACKLE INELIGIBLE

Cleveland backup tackle Travis Vornkahl had an interesting three-play sequence. He was called for an illegal block, caught a deflected pass for a 7-yard loss and was caught holding in the end zone.

INJURIES

Lions: TE Isaac Nauta returned from a leg injury and caught a 20-yard TD pass.

Browns: Rookie OL Drew Forbes injured his left knee in the first quarter and didn't return. ... CB Lenzy Pipkins hurt his back while making an open-field tackle in the second quarter.

RIGHT GUARD?

Wyatt Teller was sliding down Buffalo's depth chart. He landed in Cleveland.

The Browns, who have been looking for a starting right guard since trading Kevin Zeitler to the Giants in the Beckham deal, acquired Teller from the Bills a few hours before kickoff. Cleveland sent a fifth- and a sixth-round pick in 2020 to Buffalo for Teller, who started seven games at left guard as a rookie in 2018.

Teller will likely move into the starting lineup, given what general manager John Dorsey gave up for him.

"It gives us some depth at that position," Dorsey said on the TV broadcast during the third quarter. "He's a younger guy. I think he has developmental upside. You can't have enough good football players, and that's another one we've acquired."

Eric Kush had been working with the starters.

UP NEXT

Lions: travel to Arizona for Sept. 8 opener.

Browns: open at home against Tennessee. Cleveland is 1-17-1 in openers since 1999.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Lions Browns
No scoring this quarter.

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Lions Browns
08:59 Austin Seibert 36 yd FG 0 3
04:16 Team safety 2 3
00:21 Dontrell Hilliard 7 yd pass from Garrett Gilbert (Austin Seibert kick) 2 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Lions Browns
08:32 Josh Johnson 1 yd run (Ryan Santoso kick) 9 10

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Lions Browns
09:20 Trayone Gray 2 yd run (Austin Seibert kick) 9 17
03:07 Austin Seibert 33 yd FG 9 20
01:51 Isaac Nauta 20 yd pass from Josh Johnson (Ryan Santoso kick) 16 20

Team Stats
  Detroit Cleveland
1st Downs 12 22
Total Yards 204 336
Passing 146 224
Passing Completions/Attempts 15-25 24-41
Yards/Pass 4.6 5.3
Rushing 58 112
Rushing Attempts 24 29
Yards/Rush 2.4 3.9
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Possession 27:34 32:26

Detroit Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Josh Johnson 9 15 157 10.5 1 0
Tom Savage 5 9 33 3.7 0 0
Luis Perez 1 1 5 5.0 0 0

Cleveland Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Garrett Gilbert 13 24 117 4.9 1 0
David Blough 11 17 115 6.8 0 2

Detroit Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Mark Thompson 11 35 3.2 0 12
Josh Johnson 4 17 4.2 1 7
Justin Stockton 5 7 1.4 0 5
James Williams 4 -1 -0.2 0 3

Cleveland Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Dontrell Hilliard 12 65 5.4 0 22
A.J. Ouellette 7 19 2.7 0 7
Trayone Gray 9 17 1.9 1 6
Garrett Gilbert 1 11 11.0 0 11

Detroit Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Travis Fulgham 3 80 26.7 0 52
Isaac Nauta 3 45 15.0 1 20
Tom Kennedy 2 24 12.0 0 17
Mark Thompson 2 20 10.0 0 15
Jonathan Duhart 2 17 8.5 0 9
James Williams 1 5 5.0 0 5
Jordan Lasley 1 4 4.0 0 4
Jerome Cunningham 1 0 0.0 0 0

Cleveland Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Ishmael Hyman 5 61 12.2 0 16
Derrick Willies 2 46 23.0 0 36
Braxton Miller 3 19 6.3 0 13
Rashard Higgins 2 19 9.5 0 11
Trayone Gray 1 19 19.0 0 19
Dontrell Hilliard 2 13 6.5 1 7
Stephen Carlson 1 12 12.0 0 12
Dorian Baker 1 11 11.0 0 11
Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi 1 9 9.0 0 9
Seth DeValve 1 8 8.0 0 8
Pharaoh Brown 1 8 8.0 0 8
A.J. Ouellette 2 7 3.5 0 5
D'Ernest Johnson 1 7 7.0 0 7
Travis Vornkahl 1 -7 -7.0 0 -7

Detroit Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Andre Chachere 6 0 0 0
P.J. Johnson 6 0 0 0
Mike Ford 5 0 0 0
Malik Carney 4 1 0 0
Garret Dooley 4 1 0 0
Andrew Adams 3 0 0 0
Mitchell Loewen 3 0 0 0
Anthony Pittman 3 0 0 0
Jonathan Wynn 3 0 0 0
Eric Lee 2 2 0.5 4
Johnathan Alston 2 0 0 0
Ray Smith 2 0 0 0
John Atkins 1 0 0 0
C.J. Moore 1 0 0 0
Amani Oruwariye 1 0 0 0
Kevin Strong 0 2 0.5 4
Jerome Cunningham 0 0 0 0
Don Muhlbach 0 0 0 0
Jamar Summers 0 0 0 0
Charles Washington 0 0 0 0

Cleveland Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Phillip Gaines 4 0 0 0
Mack Wilson 4 0 0 0
Willie Harvey 3 1 0 0
Tigie Sankoh 3 0 0 0
Ray-Ray Armstrong 2 0 1 14
Anthony Stubbs 2 0 1 13
T.J. Carrie 2 0 0 0
Daniel Ekuale 2 0 0 0
J.T. Hassell 2 0 0 0
Robert Jackson 2 0 0 0
Tavierre Thomas 2 0 0 0
Anthony Zettel 2 0 0 0
Chad Thomas 1 0 1 7
Devaroe Lawrence 1 0 1 6
Jarrell Owens 1 0 1 1
Brandin Bryant 1 0 1 0
Carl Davis 1 2 0.5 4
Juston Burris 1 0 0 0
Donnie Lewis Jr. 1 0 0 0
Eric Murray 1 0 0 0
Lenzy Pipkins 1 0 0 0
Sheldrick Redwine 1 0 0 0
Jermaine Whitehead 1 0 0 0
Dedrick Young II 1 0 0 0
Genard Avery 0 1 0.5 4
Jamie Gillan 0 0 0 0
Ishmael Hyman 0 0 0 0
D'Ernest Johnson 0 0 0 0
Wyatt Ray 0 1 0 0
Derrick Willies 0 0 0 0

Detroit Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Johnathan Alston 1 4 0
Jamar Summers 1 0 0

Cleveland Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Detroit Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Brandon Powell 4 132 33.0 0 67

Cleveland Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
D'Ernest Johnson 1 9 9.0 0 9

Detroit Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tom Kennedy 4 56 14.0 0 28
Brandon Powell 1 10 10.0 0 10

Cleveland Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
D'Ernest Johnson 3 4 1.3 0 4
Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi 2 4 2.0 0 4

Detroit Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Ryan Santoso 0 1 0.0

Cleveland Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Austin Seibert 2 2 100.0 36

Detroit Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Ryan Santoso 9 385 52

Cleveland Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Jamie Gillan 6 266 50