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Lions eke out win over Browns in preseason opener

Kellen Moore led the Lions to victory over the Browns, which obviously really means a lot.
Kellen Moore led the Lions to victory over the Browns, which obviously really means a lot.
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As the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns opened their respective preseasons, all eyes were on one man; Dan Orlovsky. Oh, also Johnny Manziel played. It was very much a preseason game. Matthew Stafford threw four passes. Reggie Bush had two rushes. It was about not having guys get hurt and having some rookies get playing time.

The game wasn't particularly exciting. The score was 6-6 at halftime due to two field goals for each team, then the Browns kicked two field goals in the second half, but then in the waning minutes Kellen Moore and Corey Fuller connecting for a 21-yard touchdown, and the Lions won 13-12. Hurrah! Neither team had 300 total yards of offense. Not great stuff, especially in a game that didn't count for anything.

Moore threw well. George Winn led the Lions in rushing with 39 yards on six carries, and he also had 23 yards receiving, but he also lost a fumble. Rookie Caraun Reid did manage two tackles for loss, but the Lions didn't do much on defense, although they did get an interception. Nate Freese started as the kicker, and made both of his field goal attempts. Giorgio Tevecchio converted his extra point attempt. Hey, at least folks got to see Manziel in action.

In truth, there is essentially nothing to take from this game from Detroit's perspective. You can't be worried about the offense. You can't be excited about the defense. The special teams did well, but, again, let's not read too much into this game, which is to say let's not read much of anything into it.

The Lions have three more preseason games. Maybe we will learn more from later games. Nevertheless, so far, so good. One preseason game has been survived.