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WEEK IN REVIEW: Lions open preseason with late win over Browns

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Recap all the Lions news this week with the Week in Review.

The Lions opened their preseason Saturday night with a late 13-12 victory over the Browns.

Star receiver Calvin Johnson sat out and the first-team offense only played the first series.

Johnny Football Mania was in full force, but it was actually Kellen Moore who stole the show.

Moore revived a sluggish offense topping off a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass to WR Corey Fuller.

Did Moore show enough to earn himself a spot on the roster or even a shot at the backup role?

“It’s something we’ll look at and just see,” head coach Jim Caldwell said.

“He functioned pretty well, I think, in the situation that he was in. I think Dan (Orlovsky) did some decent things too. There were a couple situations where they didn’t catch the ball for him so it looks like he maybe he didn’t move the ball as well as he was capable."

The defense let up a couple plays here and there, but mostly held their own showing a bend, but don't break mentality on the field.

As the regular season nears, expect both sides of the ball to start opening up the playbook to showcase the new schemes.

TALKING WITH TIRICO
The Lions open the regular season on Monday Night so of course we had to get some insight from ESPN’s play-by-play man for Monday Night Football, Mike Tirico.

Mike O'Hara got with Tirico to discuss a number of topics including head coach Jim Caldwell, DT Ndamukong Suh, the offense and what it will take for the Lions to win an NFC North title.

COMPETITION BREWING
Compeition is the name of the game during the preseason and there are plenty of position battles to keep an eye on.

We know the Lions are going to keep a fullback on their roster, but what kind of fullback is yet to be determined.

They have plenty of options including traditional Jed Collins, verstatile Montell Owens and athletic Chad Abram.

On defense, the pressure is on to see who can be a consistent performer at cornerback.

Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis are slotted in the starting roles, but after that it's up to the rest of the corners to prove they deserve a spot on the 53-man roster.

And finally on special teams, Nate Freese and Giorgio Tavecchio are trying to get a leg up in a position battle that is rare in Lions training camp.

COORDINATOR CATCH-UP
Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and defensve coordintor Teryl Austin spoke to the media this week regarding their respective units.

As new coordinators, it's exciting to hear what they have to say about the new schemes in place on both sides of the ball.

Lombardi expects his offense to be flexible.

“If we’ve got to get in 22 personnel and pound the ball to win the game in four-minute offense, we want to be able to do that,” he said. “We also have the weapons to spread them out and throw the ball around a little bit. So it’s flexibility. Doing whatever it takes to win the game.”

While Lombardi talked flexibility, Austin kept his focus on limiting the big plays.

He feels confident his starting safeties will get the job done.

"You have two high-character veterans," Austin said. "They know that for us to play well, they have to play well. They have to be problem solvers in the back and they've done that with the young guys.

"What that will do is cut down on the big plays. Cut down on the breakout runs. All those different things. Getting lined up wrong. Not getting a call. That's what they're working really well at right now."

PLAYER PERSPECTIVE
Ever wonder what's going on in players' heads throughout the season? Rookie LB Kyle Van Noy and WR Golden Tate have you covered.

Get a glimpse of the game through their perspective as they participate in weekly blog posts for Detroitlions.com.

Read Tate's latest blog entry on Detroit fans here and Van Noy's entry on preparing for games here.

WELCOME, TORI
Have you met the newest addition to Detroitlions.com yet? Her name is Tori Petry and she'll be bringing you inside-look videos all season long.

Check out her introductory bio and watch her exclusive interview with Sirius NFL Radio's Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller.

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