Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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. The...
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