Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/22/13
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.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Arum says Pacquiao would fight McGregor if Mayweather won't

Aaron Judge hits first grand slam of his career

David Stern: Lakers could have had Chris Paul, GM panicked

Brandon Jacobs vows to 'expose' Jim Harbugh, get him fired

Mike Zimmer won’t retire even if right eye goes blind

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kevin Love responds to Draymond Green’s ‘annihilation’ trash talk

Spike Lee deletes Instagram post saying Kaepernick signed with Seattle

Errol Spence is the real deal, takes down Kell Brook

Indians reveal Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field

Report: Jerry West considered rejoining the Lakers before they hired Magic Johnson

The NHL is thinking about hosting an outdoor game in Nashville

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

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

Journey to the Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh Penguins

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker