Preseason game one is in the books and the Detroit Lions are off to an encouraging start after their 26-17 victory over New York keeping Rex ra-ra-Ryan and the Jets grounded and looking flat. Detroit Head Coach Jim Schwartz had the boys in Honolulu Blue ready and looking pretty good for the Lions first exhibition game of 2013.
As expected Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Reggie Bush only played the first two offensive series of the game. Stafford was up to his old tricks as he went 3 for 8 with 58 yards passing in his limited action. All three completed passes were to Calvin Johnson. Nothing like a good old security blanket!
Shaun Hill once again proved he is one of the top backup QBs in the NFL with another solid showing. Shaun Hill could start on a dozen other teams in the NFL quite frankly. He went 11 for 18 with 136 yards passing and a TD and was definitely the most impressive QB on the field in this fist of four preseason games for the Lions. Third string QB Kellen Moore looked exactly like that. A third string QB.
The best surprise of the night was rookie DE Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah. The Lions took Ansah fifth overall in this years NFL Draft and had many fans wondering if Ansah would be worth such a high pick since he is still learning his craft and very raw. Well Ziggy got his zag on as he intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass and ran it back to the house for his first NFL touchdown. With that play and a dominating performance overall lets just say that fans can now see on the field what Lions personnel has envisioned for a while now. It looks like they got the pick right after all. (Big pat on the back for GM Martin Mayhew)
The kicking battle is heating up and both of the kickers on the Lions roster were impressive. However, rookie Punter Sam Martin handled first half kickoffs and did a better job on kickoffs than Havard “Kickalicious” Rugland by routinely reaching the back of the endzone, whereas Kickalicious fell short on a couple of his kickoffs.
The Punting competition is in a dead heat as well. After preseason game one, though, the duties would appear to be leaning in rookie Sam Martin’s favor because his hang time is unbelievable and he was a fifth round selection in this years NFL Draft. Blake Clingan did an outstanding job as well and shouldn’t have a problem finding a job somewhere in the NFL this season if he is indeed the unlucky punter to be released.
By the Numbers
|Penalty (Yards)||11 (85)||7 (71)|
|Time of Possession||28:36||31:24|
Lions Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan — Great job with the play calling in this game.
Rookie DE Ziggy Ansah — Welcome to the D and your first NFL TD!
New starting LT Riley Reiff – Good job tonight, but try not to tackle your own QB from now on.
Possible bubble DE Willie Young — Good game. Keep the motor humming. I’m rooting for you.
Safety Chris Hope — You had a good ride, but I think it’s time to hang up the cleats.
RB Mikel Leshoure — Step it up or you could be the next Kevin Smith.
Reggie Bush — Thank you for coming to Detroit! Gonna be a hell of a ride.
- Ezekiel Ansah’s pick-six leads Detroit Lions to preseason win against Jets (mlive.com)
- Ziggy Ansah helps spearhead Detroit’s 26-17 win over Jets (detroitlions.com)
- Lions beat Jets 26-17, Smith hurt (timesleader.com)
- Lions see Ansah’s flash of brilliance (miamiherald.com)
- Lions beat Jets 26-17, Smith hurt (miamiherald.com)
- Detroit Lions rookie kicker Havard Rugland ready for his NFL debut (mlive.com)
- Lions vs. Jets recap: Detroit opens 2013 preseason with 26-17 win (prideofdetroit.com)
- Recap: Detroit vs. NY Jets (miamiherald.com)