Game in Review: Takeaways from Thursday night's loss at Cleveland

Posted Aug 17, 2013

As the Lions get back to camp, their loss to the Browns offers key points of emphasis

Yes, it's only the preseason, but Detroit's first two games were night and day.

The win against the Jets at Ford Field had high entertainment value for fans as rookie DE Ziggy Ansah came away with an interception return for a touchdown, RB Reggie Bush flashed in his first game in a Lions' uniform and Havard Rugland debuted with 49- and 50-yard field goals.

In stark contrast, the Lions struggled in a loss at Cleveland. Calvin Johnson sat out with a knee contusion offering hope that another receiver would step up with a strong performance. That didn't happen, however, as Patrick Edwards was the only starting wide receiver to catch a pass.

The starting offense as a whole struggled as well. In five series vs. the Browns, QB Matthew Stafford and Co. accumulated just 88 yards and four first downs.

Where do the Lions go from here?

It's back to the practice field to prepare for the team's third preseason game -- the one that typically sees the starters play for the longest amount of time -- against the New England Patriots at Ford Field on Thursday.

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