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Detroit's detritus beats Buffalo's bottom dwellers

Kellen Moore played preseason hero for the Lions against the Bills.
Kellen Moore played preseason hero for the Lions against the Bills.
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The Detroit Lions final preseason game, wherein they visited Buffalo to square off with the Bills, was as I expected. Most of the starters for both teams didn't play, or barely saw the field. Kellen Moore and Jordan Palmer saw the bulk of the quarterbacking work. It was a battle of backups, of guys scrounging for a roster spot. It was still technically football, but nothing beyond that.

There was no scoring in the first quarter. Then, Nate Freese kicked a 53-yard field goal to give the Lions the lead. Moore and Jeremy Ross then connected for a 1-yard touchdown. This was followed by a 25-yard touchdown pass from Moore to Corey Fuller, who probably won't even make the team. This gave the Lions a 17-0 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Freese nailed another 53-yarder. He won the kicking battle for a reason. He also added another field goal in the fourth quarter for fun, and the Lions blanked the Bills 23-0.

Hooray, I guess. It was a very low offense game, almost as if not terribly talented players were out there playing for teams just trying to make it through the game healthy. Palmer threw three interceptions for the Bills. The Lions also picked up four sacks. Nothing really notable happened on offense. George Winn did run 12 times for 43 yards. You will be missed George Winn, preseason hero.

OK, now the real games can begin. The Lions need to get their roster trimmed down with their final cuts, and name their practice squad and such. Fair enough. Detroit went 3-1 in the preseason. That doesn't mean anything, but it is a fact. Nobody can ever deny that. Time for some real football. Go Lions!