Concern over offense?
The Detroit Lions starting offense has now played seven series of preseason football and has just two field goals to show from it.
Should we be concerned?
"We should be concerned a little bit, no doubt," running back
The starters played five series Thursday night in Cleveland and accumulated just 88 yards and four first downs. Granted, they were without All-Pro receiver
"The biggest thing for us is just staying on the field," quarterback
The biggest play of the night for the first-team offense was an 18-yard pass from Stafford to Bush.
Bush said Thursday night's performance on offense, or lack thereof, was more a case of mental mistakes than physical, and was a very good learning experience for the offense.
Let's hope so.
"I want to see us execute better," head coach Jim Schwartz said of his offense.
No receiver steps up
There was a great opportunity for another receiver to step up and show what he could do in the absence of Johnson.
Unfortunately, no one seized the opportunity.
Patrick Edwards was the only wide receiver to catch a pass in the five series for the starters, but it totaled an underwhelming three catches for 10 yards.
"It was very disappointing to see us play the way we did without Calvin," Schwartz said. "Because there were opportunities for guys to make plays."
It was a very poor effort by all when opportunity knocked.
Some missed tackles are going to happen. Offense players are paid too. But when the review of Thursday's tape is completed, the Lions defense could end up having double-digit missed tackles.
"Last week, when it's the first game, you sort of expect that a little bit," Schwartz said of the tackling issue. "But the point we made was we wanted to see improvement from last game to this game and we didn't see that.
"Most of the tackling came from poor leverage. It really wasn't the actual tackle as much as it was the line of attack that they had and the leverage and the angle they took. Something we definitely need to do better at."
"Just tackle," Palmer said. "It's that simple. Key your opponent where you're going to hit him at and make a tackle. Lack of leverage is basically it. Tackling is simple, man ... and we just have to tackle. It's our job."
The Lions have struggled at times in the past with keeping their composure and not doing some of the silly things that can cost a team a game. The Lions had three such penalties against the Browns.
- Reggie Bush got one in the first quarter when he retaliated after the whistle for a late push in the back.
Ndamukong Suhhad one after a late hit on quarterback Brandon Weeden after he threw the ball out of pounds. Willie Younggot one when he was involved in a scuffle after the punt.
"That's another thing that we have to do a better job of," Schwartz said. "It doesn't matter what happens out there. Reggie got hit right in the back after a play, but that doesn't give any reason to go put our offense in a worse position by getting 15 (yard penalty).
"(Secondary) has a great coverage and then Suh gets 15 on a personal foul. Regardless of what you think of the call, it doesn't matter it gets called. We paid the price for it."