The Detroit Lions fell on their faces last week. We all could just look to the scoreboard and see that almost nothing went right. To ease the pain I will start this week’s “Takeaway” notes with the positives I could dig up from the 24-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns. This, of course, will be followed by noticeable negatives.
– Once again the first team offense did not score a touchdown; however ,it was not all bad. Stafford improved on his completion percentage completing 11 of 16 passes. What impressed me most was that he found players not named Calvin Johnson. Mr. “Megatron” was sitting out this game, but just the same, color me impressed that Stafford didn’t throw a pass at the bench to get him involved.
– Sure Reggie Bush only gained 15 yards off of eight carries, but he did show off his receiving skills in a big way. Number 21 showcased his speedy set of skills with 44 yards gained on five catches.
– Special teams did their jobs once again as Havard Rugland and David Akers each made their field goal attempts, and rookie Sam Martin punted consistently all night with a 45 yard average. And the positives stop here.
– The Browns passed and ran all over the Lions all night. The defensive line did not dominate the way it did in the preseason opener and that exasperated the porous play of the Lions linebackers. The secondary did not do any better as we await the return of Louis Delmas, but I’m petrified the defense is so reliant on a guy who missed a significant amount of games each of the past two seasons.
– While Stafford did have a nice completion percentage, he only amassed 74 yards playing almost an entire half. No wide receivers or tight ends stepped up in the wake of Johnson’s absence.
-The run game accomplished nothing for the second week in a row. The team averaged 2.4 yards per carry on 21 attempts. Joique Bell led the team with a mere 17 yards. A new offensive line is playing like the old unit as these have yet to plow open many holes. 3rd round rookie guard Larry Warford has yet to make his mark like I thought he would.
One Last Thing
Through two week of preseason play this team looks eerily similar to last year’s squad . The good news is we are still in the preseason, and mistakes can be fixed. The great news is there were no major injuries for the Lions as teams around the league are taking big blows in that area.