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Lions overcome penalties to beat Jaguars

Reggie Bush's big touchdown run was the highlight of Detroit's win over the Jaguars.
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The third preseason game is the one where starters tend to play the most, and where fans usually get the chance to see the best action they will in the preseason. Then, the Detroit Lions played the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it was maybe not the greatest game ever.

That being said, the Lions did open the scoring with an 86-yard touchdown run from Reggie Bush. That's fun. He only rushed twice in the game, which is fine. It's preseason. The Jaguars then responded with two field goals before the half. In the third quarter, Jacksonville's rookie quarterback Blake Bortles hit Allen Hurns for a touchdown. They then went for two, but did not convert. So, in the fourth quarter, the Lions got a chance to preseason hero George Winn to score from one yard out. The Lions won 13-12. How exciting!

You know what's more exciting? Twenty-seven combined penalties for 232 yards. Look, penalties in the preseason has been a thoroughly beaten horse, to a degree that is ridiculous. These games are teeming with dudes who will be backups, if not outright cut, and they are also trying to have officials be more stringent to set good habits. So relax, everybody.

Anyway, Matthew Stafford threw a pick, but oh well. Dan Orlovsky played well. The Lions picked off Ricky Stanzi twice, which is a reminder that preseason wins aren't important or relevant. Calvin Johnson played and got two receptions for 27 yards. Ziggy Ansah played. Tahir Whitehead had a huge game, with 11 tackles, three sacks, and four tackles for loss. The Lions had six sacks in total. With the two picks as well, it was a good day for Detroit's defense. That's not unencouraging.

We've got one more week of preseason, but that game will be almost entirely backups all the time. It won't tell us much of anything. It is a perfunctory thing that needs to happen before we get to the promised land of the regular season.

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