On Thursday night, the Detroit Lions looked like many season-ticket holders throughout the league during the preseason.
They were no-shows.
The Lions starters got off to a terrible start. They were totally lethargic and ineffective in the first half of 24-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
Heres how coach Jim Schwartz summed up their effort during a halftime television interview:
Poor. Poor job stopping the run. We got three personal fouls. Couldnt get anything going on offense. It was a poor performance.
Poor, poorer, poorest.
Receiver Calvin Johnson didnt play because of a bruised knee (not believed to be serious), but thats still no excuse for what happened to the first-team offense.
First possession: Three and out, gained three yards.
Second possession: Three and out, gained three yards.
Third possession: Three and out, gained seven yards.
Fourth possession: Four plays, gained 28 yards, but also had a 15-yard personal-foul penalty.