The Detroit Lions ended their preseason campaign on a high note with a handily executed 23-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills tonight in Buffalo and now look forward to going into the regular season fairly healthy and certainly confident. While the win may be a bit underwhelming to some with the Lions resting virtually all of their significant starters, plenty of players offered strong final auditions for the regular season roster.
Headlining that list was backup QB Kellen Moore who had a strong night throwing 17 for 28 for 172 yards with two touchdowns and no picks. In general, Detroit’s second offense looked well oiled and featured mostly a quick drop passing scheme with a lot of underneath routes. Equally pleasant to watch was first year RB out of Cincinnati George Winn, who made a quietly strong case to be the Lions’ third tailback behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell with 12 runs for 43 yards throughout the game on a few bursty draw plays.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions showed toughness against the run, only giving Buffalo 54 yards on the ground and forcing them to punt eight times. The poor play of QB E.J. Manuel and the early exit of WR Sammy Watkins helped the secondary throughout the first half, still Detroit’s defensive backfield gave a strong showing by picking off Buffalo backup Jordan Palmer three times.
Ten penalties deterred Detroit throughout the game, but 20 first downs and dominating time of possession for over 36 minutes give the Lions a lot of reason for optimism as they make final cuts and prepare for Week 1 against the Giants.