Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/9/14
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. Takeaways - 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.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Hernandez allegedly shot friend after fight over strip club bill

Report: Andre Johnson requests to be traded or released

James Harden suspended for groin kick to LeBron James

Mark Cuban will play the President in 'Sharknado 3'

Five most exciting one-bid conference tournaments

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Redskins interested in Ndamukong Suh

Report: Darrelle Revis likely to hit free agent market

Le'Veon Bell could face up to a four-game suspension

Report: Giants place franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul

Vikings GM: Team has spoken with Adrian Peterson

Yu Darvish on notion he quit on Rangers: ‘That’s BS‘

Who received franchise tags at the deadline and who did not

WATCH: Whiteside, Len ejected after getting into wrestling match

WATCH: Texas-Baylor fight leads to seven ejections

Nik Stauskas wears Michigan State gear after lost bet

Bret Bielema takes away player's car after DUI

NHL player traded after daughter's heartbreaking letter

Curt Schilling unloads on Twitter trolls again

Pirates Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter, jabs Clemson

Michael Jordan makes his first Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young rips ESPN anchor over Iggy Azalea insult

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Texas-Baylor fight leads to 7 ejections

Mark Cuban will be Prez in 'Sharknado 3'

Report: Redskins interested in Suh

Report: Revis likely to hit free agency

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter

MJ makes Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young fires back at Robert Flores

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos to franchise Demaryius

James Harden kicks LeBron in groin

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.