Found August 11, 2012 on Fox Sports Detroit:
DETROIT The Detroit Lions August magic didnt carry over to 2012. The Lions had won seven straight and 14-of-16 preseason games over the last four years before losing, 19-17, to the Cleveland Browns Friday night at Ford Field. The Browns overcame a 14-3 deficit, winning on Jeff Wolferts 45-yard field goal with 28 seconds remaining. Detroit finished 4-0 last year during the preseason, 3-1 in 2010, 3-1 in 2009 and 4-0 in 2008. We dont use them as a barometer, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said of preseason games. They dont count. But you want to play well. We didnt play well on offense, on defense, on special teams. Here is a breakdown on some of the highlights and lowlights from the opener: OFFENSE Quarterback Matthew Stafford played the first three series without producing any points. Stafford, who completed 4-of-7 passes for 51 yards, was intercepted when he got pressured and tried to complete a pass downfield to tight end Brandon Pettigrew off his back foot. Weve just got to come out with a little more energy, a little bit more urgency and execute at a higher level, Stafford said. As for the interception, he said, I had to cut it loose a little earlier than I wanted to. Pettigrew and I just kind of werent on the same page as far as that coverage and his route. That happens. Reserve running backs Keiland Williams and Joique Bell (Wayne State) were a big part of the Lions productive run game. Williams finished with 71 yards and one touchdown on just nine carries, Bell had 89 yards on 16 attempts. Schwartz didnt have many compliments to pass out afterward, but he did praise Williams and Bell. Those two guys did a good job, Schwartz said. Both of them ran hard. Both of them fought for extra yardage. Third-string quarterback Kellen Moore, an undrafted free agent from Boise State, came on late in the second quarter and played the rest of the way. The Lions didnt score while Moore was in the game. He completed only 4-of-14 passes for 40 yards. A desperation pass in the final seconds was intercepted. He got hit way too often, Schwartz said. We didnt give him a chance out there. DEFENSE Rookie cornerback Bill Bentley, a third-round pick from Louisiana Lafayette, got the starting assignment and made an interception to set up the Lions first touchdown. Bentley had been beaten for a 34-yard reception on Clevelands second offensive play, but he came back to redeem himself with a solid performance. Schwartz, who clearly expects a lot out of his rookie, said he wasnt impressed with Bentleys consistency. Theres other plays that he didnt play well, Schwartz said, pointing out that Bentley also dropped an interception that possibly could have been returned for a touchdown. The depth of the Lions defensive line was a major factor for quite a bit of the game. Starting defensive ends Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch were held out, but that didnt stop the Lions front four from dominating at times. Willie Young, a seventh-round pick in 2010 out of North Carolina State, got the start on the outside and took advantage of the opportunity. He forced a fumble by quarterback Brandon Weeden and then hustled to recover the ball. Still, Schwartz wasnt satisfied. He made a couple plays, the coach said. But he also was out of place on a couple, too. Lets not put him in the Hall of Fame yet. SPECIAL TEAMS The Lions gave up a 43-yard punt return in the third quarter that led to a Cleveland touchdown, cutting Detroits lead to 14-10. It was definitely one of the turning points. Jason Hanson missed wide-right on a 48-yard field-goal attempt in the first half. EXTRA POINTS Safety Amari Spievey was one of several players who werent in uniform. He had been having some headaches a couple days ago, Schwartz said. We sent him back to make sure they werent (related to a concussion Spievey suffered in the final game last season). It doesnt look like they are. He should be fine going forward. The crowd was announced at 58,933 (tickets sold).
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