Thursday saw the culmination of Detroit's preseason schedule. All they had to do was get through a game against the Bills, and they could turn their attention toward the regular season. This was very much a final preseason game. A lot of players sat out for both teams. Matthew Stafford only played two drives, which is one more than I expected. The Bills didn't even dare to trot out Jeff Tuel, letting Matt Leinart, a recent signing, start. So, that's where we were in regards to this game. Now we are all on the same page.
The Lions scored first as Shaun Hill hit Patrick Edwards for an 8-yard touchdown in the first quarter. This was followed by a 6-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Kris Durham. Good ol' Shaun Hill. He went 4-for-5 for 69 yards and these two scores, posting a perfect QB rating. It's nice to have a guy like him as a backup.
In the second, Joique Bell made it 21-0 thanks to a 23-yard touchdown. I very much like Bell. I have made that known. The Bills got on the board with a field goal, but then Theo Riddick found the end zone twice on touchdown passes from Kellen Moore. The first was an 8-yard score, the second a 4-yarder. This last preseason game is for guys like Moore and Riddick, and they made the most of it.
The second half of the game was all Bills, but nobody cared at this point. They got a field goal in the third quarter, and in the fourth quarter Thaddeus Lewis, who was a Lion not all that long ago, hit Marcus Easley for a 79-yard score. Good for them. The Lions won 35-13 to end the preseason 3-1. This means nothing.
So yeah. Stafford threw a pick, as did Moore, but Moore's overall game was alright. In addition to his two touchdown catches Riddick rushed six times for 26 yards. Some guy named Steven Miller led Detroit in rushing with 12 carries for 72 yards. I literally cannot recall hearing his name before. The Lions got a couple of picks, and Willie Young had a big game on defense. He had two sacks, two tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits.
Now, we can turn our full attention to the regular season. Not much was learned from these games, especially with guys like Ziggy Ansah missing playing time. All that is left is for the roster to be trimmed down, and then the games that count will begin. It is time to get excited for football, after four games have already been played.