Detroit Lions Recliner Report – Buffalo Bills 6

1:28 AM 30 Aug 2013

The Detroit Lions closed out their 2013 preseason with a 35-13 trouncing over the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday night. The Lions defense went 7 straight quarters to end the preseason before surrendering a TD to former Lions fourth string QB Thaddeus Lewis on a deep 79 yard sideline route to WR Marcus Easley midway through the 4th quarter. Good for the former Lion in his new gig, but even better yet for the Detroit Lions and their dominating win on the road against the Bills.

QB Matthew Stafford has struggled in the preseason

QB Matthew Stafford has struggled in the preseason

Lions QB Matthew Stafford started the game and put up another very lackluster preseason performance as he struggled with his accuracy and command of Detroit’s high powered offense. Detroit has been without superstar WR Calvin Johnson for the last three games as he rests his knee and prepares for the regular season, but that is no excuse for not being able to move the offense down the field. Stafford finished the night 1 for 6 passing racking up a meager 12 yards to go with an Interception. Stafford is 27 for 55 passing with 310 yards, 1 TD and 1 Interception during the preseason overall. That is a 49.1% completion rate and a disturbing QB rating of 65.

Backup QB Shaun Hill on the other hand came into the game and displayed complete control of the offense and moved the ball well in his limited snaps on Thursday night, completing 4 of 5 passes for 69 yards, 2 TDs and zero Interception. Hill is 23 for 34 passing with 255 yards and 3 TDs during the preseason overall. That is a 67.6% completion rate and an outstanding QB rating of 119.1.

Put simply, the backup QB has outperformed the starting QB in the preseason by a landslide.

Detroit’s running game is putting up respectable numbers again. They were without starting RB Reggie Bush against the Bills, but the Lions rumbled off 158 yards rushing and a TD anyhow, compiling 414 yards on 109 attempts and 2 rushing TDs throughout the preseason overall. Joique Bell had 28 yards on 4 attempts with a TD in the Bills game and is leading the way of all the Lions RBs in the preseason gaining 103 yards on 15 attempts with 1 rushing TD and 1 receiving TD .

RB Mikel Leshoure had a fumble in the game against the Bills and is feeling the heat being applied by rookie RB Theo Riddick for playing time and maybe even a roster spot. Riddick had 26 yards on 6 attempts rushing against the Bill, but he also pitched in 2 receptions for 12 yards and 2 TDs receiving in the game.

Speaking of receiving, roster hopefuls WR Matt Willis and UDFA TE Joseph Fauria have made strong cases to make the final 53 man roster that must be determined by Saturday, August 31st. For the preseason, Willis put up 129 yards on 9 receptions with a TD and Fauria had 72 yards on 6 receptions and a TD. Both players have shown consistent  improvement and should now be roster locks.

CB Bill Bentley

CB Bill Bentley

Defensively the Lions continue to apply a lot of pressure on the opposing QBs and are creating timely turnovers. CB Bill Bentley and DB Rashean Mathis each had a pick in the Bills game. The Lions totaled 8 turnovers and 9 QB sacks in all 4 preseason games combined giving them the 11th raked defense in the NFL and they are only gave up 15.8 points per game.

Bubble player DE Willie Young is on again, off again, but is extremely fast off the edge and had 2 QB sack in the game against the Bills. His motor never stops on the field and sometimes that gets him into trouble and he makes stupid mistakes and costly penalties. I want to attribute that to the coaches not doing their jobs, but there comes a time when a player has to know how to keep himself under control as well. If Willie could just find his inner Willie and play smart football he would be a great asset to the team. Willie.

UDFA OT LaAdrian Waddle and rookie RG Larry Warford each played a ton of snaps in the game and are showing the coaching staff why they should be part of the 53 man squad. Warford could be an opening day starter and Waddle is a mountain of a man with nothing but upside. Waddle’s ability to learn and anchor the RT position after being limited by his college mechanics and technique is quite impressive and he could find himself starting at RT before the regular season ends.

The Lions finished the 2013 preseason with a winning record of 3-1. The regular season is upon us now and the next game our Detroit Lions play will be for real and the final score will matter. May our regular season be as positive as our preseason and may many wins be in our future. Let the regular season begin! Go Lions!

By the Numbers

DET
BUF
1st Downs 20 11
Passing 1st downs
12 3
Rushing 1st downs
6 8
1st downs from Penalties
2 0
3rd down efficiency
5-13 4-16
4th down efficiency
0-0 0-2
Total Plays 62 64
Total Yards 309 261
Yards per play 5.0 4.1
Total Drives 14 15
Passing 151 129
Comp – Att
15-29 10-26
Yards per pass
5.2 5.0
Interceptions thrown
2 2
Sacks – Yards Lost
1-8 2-14
Rushing 158 132
Rushing Attempts
32 36
Yards per rush
4.9 3.7
Red Zone (Made-Att) 4-4 0-2
Penalties 2-20 9-60
Turnovers 3 3
Fumbles lost
1 1
Interceptions thrown
2 2
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 31:30 28:30

 

6 thoughts on “Detroit Lions Recliner Report – Buffalo Bills

  1. Dave Brown, TSB Senior Writer Reply Dave Brown, TSB Senior Writer Aug 30, 2013 2:12 AM

    Now, we need to look for that final roster!

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  3. Reply dmac93065 Aug 30, 2013 5:04 PM

    Fantastic post-game analysis Jeffrey. I wanted to see more from the backup linebackers, Edwards and Durham. Durhan took a big shot in the game and I’m not sure he ever returned. Edwards beat his man a 3 times with Stafford in the lineup. He dropped a pass and was overthrown 2 more times. I still don’t see why he earns a roster spot. He’s simply too short to play on the outside with Stafford. The backup linebackers looked atrocious. I hope a LB rich team like the 9ers jettison a couple of players, because their castoffs could very well compete with the players the Lions intend to start at OLB.

  4. Jeffrey A. Moore, TSB Lead Writer Reply Jeffrey A. Moore, TSB Lead Writer Aug 30, 2013 5:12 PM

    That backside D has been pretty solid after they got whooped by the Browns. A few plays here and there but it is the NFL and the other teams get paid too. I am happy overall in the D department right now, but I can see your point about the 9ers. Upgrading is always a good thing in my book. Stafford has been sucking it up and I don’t care how anybody explains it. Edwards has been probably equally as bad. The next game counts. Go Lions!

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