The Lions did a lot of good things in Thursday’s 35-13 trouncing of the Buffalo Bills.
- The defense and special teams forced three turnovers and the offense turned all three into touchdowns, something they failed to do a week ago vs. New England when four turnovers resulted in just 13 points.
- They had a few nice individual performances from defensive end Willie Young (two sacks), cornerback
Bill Bentley(interception) and running back Theo Riddick(two touchdown catches).
- The win was also the second-straight preseason game for the Lions in which they scored 35-plus points, something they haven’t done since 1954.
“I think in a lot of areas we were able to still get good evaluations even though the game got out of hand early,” head coach Jim Schwartz said.
The Lions were without All Pro receiver
He finished 1-of-6 passing for 12 yards with an interception. He overthrew
Stafford didn’t get much help from his receivers, though. Burleson let a pass slip right through his fingers that was intercepted.
Edwards dropped a third-down pass that would have kept the second drive going.
“Without those (drops), I’m sure the ones would have moved flawlessly down the field,” Burleson said, “We’re talking about physical mistakes that’s the only thing that was probably restricting movement from the (first-team offense).
“As a receiver, I can say, 'hold onto the ball and we’ll keep the chains moving'. If we were getting stopped and guys weren’t getting open, Matt couldn’t get the ball off, then that’s where problems would have to be addressed. From a physical standpoint, all we have to do as receivers is catch the ball.”
Stafford’s final passing numbers for the preseason -- 27 of 55 for 310 yards with a touchdown and an interception -- are only okay, but Stafford doesn’t seem worried.
"I think we’re right where we need to be," he told WXYT at halftime. "Get some of our guys back on the field and go out there and get ready for Minnesota."
Schwartz was asked if he was worried at all heading into the preseason with his starting offense scoring just one touchdown this preseason.
“No,” he said.
As for the rest of the game, it was pretty much all Detroit Lions.
On the receiving end of those scores were Edwards (eight yards) and receiver
Leshoure had 24 yards rushing on seven carries with a fumble. He also caught three passes for 15 yards.
Defensively, the Lions got interceptions from Bentley and cornerback
“I just concentrated on my assignment and it put me in a position to make a play and I made the play,” Bentley said. “I just try to go out and do my best at what I do. Just try to execute my plays at the best of my ability and the coaches put me in position to make plays.”
Receiver Michael Spurlock also recovered a muffed punt by the Bills, which resulted in one of Riddick’s touchdown catches.
The next order of business for the Lions is trimming their roster from 75 to 53 players by Saturday’s 6 p.m. deadline. There are a lot of hard decisions that need to be made over the next 36 hours.
With the preseason now over, the focus now shifts to the season opener vs. Minnesota at Ford Field Sept. 8.
Schwartz said in his post game press conference in Buffalo that prep work started “five minutes ago”.