Detroit Lions Recap: Winners/Losers From Preseason Opener

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Sep 29, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Micheal Spurlock (15) tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) center Dominic Raiola (51) and free safety John Wendling (29) lead the offense out of the tunnel before the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Quick Game Recap (Lions 13, Browns 12)

The Detroit Lions didn’t get off to a hot start against the Browns for their preseason opener. Calvin Johnson was rightfully given the night off,  Matthew Stafford was in for just one series before getting pulled from the game, and the second-team offense looked all out of sorts with Dan Orlovsky under center.

The good news is we finally got to watch some actual football and evaluate players ourselves, rather than follow a few updates on Twitter or read training camp notes.

We also got to check out the raved about “new look offense”. There were some interesting formations early on, for instance, I noticed Ebron lining up as an outside receiver, slot receiver, and he even saw a couple snaps in the backfield, including a play where Orlovsky faked a handoff to him before giving it to Mikel Leshoure.

The defensive scheme seems to resemble that of a “bend but don’t break” philosophy right now, and there was a lot less press-coverage than I expected after all the talk of being more aggressive this year.

The Lions had a couple of early field goals courtesy of rookie kicker Nate Freese, and scored their first touchdown with only a minute left in the game on a perfectly thrown deep ball from Kellen Moore to Corey Fuller. The Browns were not able to muster up a comeback drive afterwards.

Although the Lions looked a tad rusty as a team, there were some standout performances as well as disappointments from several players.

Let’s take a closer look at the winners and losers from last night’s preseason opener.

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