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The Detroit Lions give up a touchdown to Brown running back Brandon Jackson (Photo Credit: Joshua Gunter/Plain Dealer)
The Detroit Lions fell on their faces last week. We all could just look to the scoreboard and see that almost nothing went right. To ease the pain I will start this week’s “Takeaway” notes with the positives I could dig up from the 24-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns. This, of course, will be followed by noticeable negatives.
- Once again the first team offense did not score a touchdown; however ,it was not all bad. Stafford improved on his completion percentage completing 11 of 16 passes. What impressed me most was that he found players not named Calvin Johnson. Mr. “Megatron” was sitting out this game, but just the same, color me impressed that Stafford didn’t throw a pass at the bench to get him involved.
- Sure Reggie Bush only gained 15 yards off of eight carries, but he did show off his receiving skills in a big way. Number 21 showcased his speedy set of skills with 44 yards gained on five catches.
- Special teams did their jobs once again as Havard Rugland and David Akers each made their field goal attempts, and rookie Sam Martin punted consistently all night with a 45 yard average. And the positives stop here.
- The Browns passed and ran all over the Lions all night. The defensive line did not dominate the way it did in the preseason opener and that exasperated the porous play of the Lions linebackers. The secondary did not do any better as we await the return of Louis Delmas, but I’m petrified the defense is so reliant on a guy who missed a significant amount of games each of the past two seasons.
Brandon Weeden and Jordan Cameron celebrate an early touchdown (Photo Credit: Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer)
- While Stafford did have a nice completion percentage, he only amassed 74 yards playing almost an entire half. No wide receivers or tight ends stepped up in the wake of Johnson’s absence.
-The run game accomplished nothing for the second week in a row. The team averaged 2.4 yards per carry on 21 attempts. Joique Bell led the team with a mere 17 yards. A new offensive line is playing like the old unit as these have yet to plow open many holes. 3rd round rookie guard Larry Warford has yet to make his mark like I thought he would.
One Last Thing
Through two week of preseason play this team looks eerily similar to last year’s squad . The good news is we are still in the preseason, and mistakes can be fixed. The great news is there were no major injuries for the Lions as teams around the league are taking big blows in that area.
BEST OF MAXIM
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Deadspin has the details on how Kevin Smith interacted with a Lions intern in 2008. The details speak for themselves:
I spent the 2008 season interning in the sports department of The Detroit News, mainly covering the Tigers (not a bad gig) …and the Lions.
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RUBBING IT IN
Detroit Lions DE Willie Young decided to taunt New England Patriots QB Tom Brady after his pass went for an incompletion during Thursday’s preseason game. I guess Young is unaware of the fact that this was a preseason game. Young was also flagged on the play for taunting, negating the 3rd down incompletion and giving the Patriots a first down. [YouTube]
Could someone please let Willie Young and his $1.2 million dollar salary know that it is the preseason and pointing a finger in the face of Tom Brady really isn’t a smart idea. The Lions are continuing their recent history of making poor decisions, and the below is probably just one in a long line of new ones to come this season. Again, I repeat… Preseason.
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It's the third exhibition game, which means more playing time for the starters, the closest the preseason comes to simulating the regular season.
The Detroit Lions take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Thursday night at Ford Field.
The Lions would like to see the first-team offense come to life and score its first touchdown of the preseason while the defense needs...
The Detroit Lions once again held wide receiver Calvin
Johnson out as they took on the New England Patriots last night in their third
preseason game. Johnson continues to be hampered by a bruised knee, but the
Lions haven’t indicated that the ailment will keep the All-Pro from taking the
field Week 1.
Earlier this week, head coach Jim Schwartz suggested that
Johnson would be...
Lions coach Jim Schwartz was appropriately subdued after his team’s 40-9 exhibition victory over the New England Patriots on Thursday both because it’s the preseason and preseason games really don’t matter and because despite the lopsided score his team had just enough head-scratching moments to counter much of the good it did.
The defense forced four first-half turnovers...
I’m all about being a fierce competitor, but maybe someone should tell Lions defensive lineman Willie Young to tone it down a little. Grabbing a Hall of Fame quarterback by his jersey and pointing him in the face after a meaningless incomplete pass in a meaningless preseason game isn’t exactly a great look.
That’s exactly what Young did towards the end of the second quarter...
Detroit Lions safety Louis Delmas might consider Tom Brady a god, but it was pretty clear that he as in the minority Thursday night. The Lions defense pretty much beat the Patriots--and Brady--to death in every way possible on the field forcing four turnovers in the first half alone.
In spite of the whipping they were putting on the Patriots you would think that maybe the...
Lions defensive end Willie Young must have forgotten that Thursday night’s game didn’t count, since it’s only a preseason game.
Young ended up getting in the face of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the Lions’ convincing win over New England. Once again who cares if the Lions played better, the game didn’t count.
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