Originally posted on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 8/30/13
The rout was on early for the Detroit Lions against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night’s preseason finale. Even though the Lions offense put up 35-points, it was mostly the second and third team offenses that found the end zone, leaving lingering questions about Matthew Stafford’s ability to lead this team. First Down: Turnovers Detroit’s coaching staff has stressed the need to get turnovers this year and attributed their poor turnover differential to the slide in record last season. Well, thus far the Lions have rectified their turnover woes. Rashean Mathis and Bill Bentley had solid interceptions and Michael Spurlock had a fumble recovery on special teams last night.  Fourth Down: Matthew Stafford and the first team offense. It was not a good night for Matthew Stafford and the Lions’ first team offense. Stafford went 1-6 with just 12-yards passing and missed a wide-open Patrick Edwards many times, including in the end zone. Even though Stafford was out there without his top-two targets, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, he is still trying to get a level of comfort going with presumptive no. 2 receiver Edwards. First Down: Kellen Moore looks like the backup of the future. There have been rumblings all preseason that Kellen Moore may lose his roster spot because there is no-way he is going to be the heir apparent to Shaun Hill. Well, Moore had another two touchdowns last night and moved the offense well to show he can in-fact potentially be a quarterback in this league. With by far his most incomplete passes this preseason, with just eight, Moore has proven he can take over and most likely deliver the ball to Calvin Johnson just as well as any other quarterback on the roster. Fourth Down: Mike Leshoure fails to impress again It is clear that Joique Bell is the no. 2 back on this roster and is going to be the first guy in when Bush comes out. It is great for the Lions that they found a great complimentary back with Bell, but Leshoure was a draft pick and supposed to be the next great running back in Detroit. A torn achilles and some bad choices though, now leaves Leshoure as a guy who could be in the discussion of being traded or cut with rookie Theo Riddick playing well. First Down: No one got hurt As always, the goal of every preseason game, particularly the last one, is for no player to leave the game injured. Fourth Down: Chris Greenwood looks like a practice squad candidate. Greenwood, a middle round draft pick out of D-III Albion in Michigan, has the intangibles to be a fantastic corner in the National Football League. He missed extensive time with injuries though and his time away from the field showed last night. He was absolutely torched on 73-yard passing play and does not look like a player who can contribute to the roster this year. I would not be surprised if the Lions did not try to sneak him through waivers. First Down: Theo Riddick Looks like Reggie Bush in Training Riddick caught two touchdowns and rushed for 26-yards on the night. Even though it was not an incredibly impressive performance, it shows his versatility and how playing alongside a guy like Bush could help him develop his skills to become what looks like a great late-round pick. Fourth Down: Ziggy Ansah was not cleared to travel. While it is minor and Ansah probably would not have played much in the game anyway, Ansah failing to be cleared to fly to Buffalo is a sure sign that he has a concussion. He should, keyword is should, be ready for week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, but with brain injuries time-tables to return are always just guesses.
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