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O’Hara’s Burning Questions: How much does this 35-13 win mean going into the regular season?
Mike O’Hara – DetroitLions.com
Burning questions – Lions’ offense, defense, special teams and Bills lack of all three – and position battles that have developed as the Lions closed out the preseason with a 35-13 victory over the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday night.
Lions’ backups blast Bills in finale
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press
The Detroit Lions went into their fourth and final exhibition game Thursday intent on taking a long look at Patrick Edwards, a player they think can have a significant role on offense this year.
Matthew Stafford threw a bomb to Edwards on the first play from scrimmage that sailed well beyond Edwards’ reach. On the Lions’ next series, Stafford overthrew Edwards after he beat his man deep again.
Edwards finished with a team-high three catches for 33 yards, and the Lions routed the Buffalo Bills, 35-13, at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but the Lions’ No. 1 offense did little to calm fears about its lack of firepower that have been bubbling all summer.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford wraps up poor preseason
Anwar Richardson – Yahoo!
The Detroit Lions rewarded quarterback Matthew Stafford with a three-year contract extension worth $53 million this offseason. However, Stafford did not repay the Lions for their investment this preseason.
Stafford played with Detroit’s first-team offense on Thursday, and looked bad during the Lions’ 35-13 victory against Buffalo in the preseason finale. He completed 1-of-6 passes for 12 yards and threw one interception. Stafford’s interception occurred when his pass to Nate Burlesson bounced off the receiver’s hands and into the grasp of Bills linebacker Marcus Dowtin in the first-quarter.
Some Lions brace for roster cuts as deadline looms
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News
The next two days will feel like an eternity for some Lions players.
By 6 p.m. Saturday, the team must trim the roster to 53, so as many as 12 players — depending on injuries — from Thursday’s 35-13 win over the Bills won’t make it through the weekend.
Undrafted rookie running back Steven Miller doesn’t expect to sleep too well tonight.
“It’s going to be tossing and turning all night, but hopefully things work out,” he said.