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The Lions were looking for an early spark to their season, and got one on their first defensive drive when Ansah, their first-round pick, intercepted a Mark Sanchez pass and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown.
Friday night, with several big kicks and otherwise, the Lions got things off on the right foot and overwhelmed Mark Sanchez. Plenty of players contributed offensively and defensively, helping Detroit ground the Jets early and hang on for a 26-17 win. What can be taken from this performance? The Hunt Report breaks it down with its first appearance of the new football year.
Lions sought playmakers, and may have found them
Bob Wojnowski – The Detroit News
Of course, making big plays against the beleaguered Sanchez is what defenders are supposed to do. And yes, Sanchez shredded the Lions defense on one scoring drive, although Quin was out of the game and Louis Delmas didn’t play because of his sore knee. But of all the items on the Lions’ self-improvement checklist, finding someone to make impactful plays — turnovers, long touchdown runs, even towering punts — was at the top.
Winners & losers from Lions’ first preseason game
Sean Yuille – Pride of Detroit
Friday night gave us our first in-game look at the 2013 Detroit Lions. It’s only one preseason game, but there were several notable performances from the Lions’ 26-17 victory over the New York Jets. Let’s review them by taking a look at who belongs in the winners category and who belongs in the losers category based on Friday night’s game.
Even with depth issues, Detroit Lions’ Jim Schwartz expects more from secondary
Justin Rogers – MLive.com
Against the Detroit Lions on Friday night, New York Jets quarterbacks completed 27 of 39 throws for 317 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Included in those totals were five receptions of more than 20 yards.
Nearly all of the damage came after the Lions removed their starters midway through the first quarter. That’s when depth issues came into play, with four defensive backs sidelined coming into the contest, including Louis Delmas and Ron Bartell.
Detroit Lions rookie Ziggy Ansah ignites a spark on defense
Drew Sharp – Detroit Free Press
There’s time for working on electrifying touchdown dances. What was more important as the Lions began another journey into the great unknown Friday was that Ansah provided a defensive explosiveness woefully missing a year ago.
“That was a nice way for Ziggy to say hello,” said Matthew Stafford.