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NFL preseason preview: Detroit Lions v. Buffalo Bills

Nate Freese has won the kicking job for the Lions.
Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Look, I'd like to tell you this week's preseason game between the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills will be meaningful and exciting. However, that would make me a liar. A filthy liar. This is the last preseason game. It is largely meaningless as far as the upcoming NFL season is concerned. It will be played because it is on the schedule, and Bills fans who had to pay for the game to get their regular season tickets will go begrudgingly, and then we can turn our attention to the games that count.

This game is basically about the dregs of the roster. It is about guys trying to make the team, trying to avoid cuts. Who will be Detroit's sixth wide receiver? The final secondary player to make the roster? Does it really matter? Only marginally. I mean, the Lions' kicking battle has already been decided, with Nate Freese winning the job. Shockingly, the guy the Lions actually spent a draft pick was kept. To be fair, he was also better than Giorgio Tevecchio, even if his name isn't as fun.

Neither team will play their key players much, if at all. Somebody will win and somebody will lose. Maybe it will be a tie, which would at least promise some amusement for the fans. The game is Thursday night at 7:00 pm. Watch if you must. Nobody will judge you too harshly. After all, the Lions open the season on Monday Night Football, meaning fans will have to wait a day longer than most to see their team in action. Then, at least, the game will matter. We're almost there.

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