Aug 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) high steps into the end zone during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rapid Reactions

It wasn’t necessarily a pretty game, but the Detroit Lions came out on top vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday night at Ford Field in Detroit. The Lions scored first on an 86-yard touchdown run by Reggie Bush in the first quarter, but the Jaguars (led by Blake Bortles) bounced back and built a 12-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Dan Orlovsky orchestrated a touchdown drive midway through the final period that put the Lions on top 13-12 for good.

  • The starters (or at least most of them) returned for the opening drive of the first half. Matthew Stafford’s day ended with 10 completions in 16 attempts — which is a good enough percentage — but a 6.1 yards per attempt rate isn’t going to be what he’s looking for when the season begins. Especially when accompanied with zero touchdowns and an interception. It wasn’t a great day for the first team offense outside of the impressive 86-yard TD run by Reggie Bush.
  • George Winn, Mikel Leshoure, and Theo Riddick split the reps after the first few drives of the game as the Lions try to sort out their depth chart at running back. Leshoure snapped off a nice 30-yard run in the 4th quarter — through a big hole thanks to his blockers — but then fumbled on the next play. Winn also put the ball on the ground which probably didn’t help his pursuit of a roster spot.
  • Defensive end George Johnson got a lot of snaps with both the first and second teams and found his way into the offensive backfield on several occasions — including a sack and a couple of QB hits.
  • Blake Bortles is definitely better than Chad Henne.
  • For the second game in a row Dan Orlovsky was not completely terrible. The Lions are still utterly screwed if Matt Stafford goes down with a serious injury, but Orlovsky made the smart, safe throws today and helped move the team down the field for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He was 9-11 for 74 yards on the night.
  • Ryan Broyles had a nice showing with the second team offense with three catches for 44 yards. He’s pretty clearly the third best wide receiver on the team, right? I’m not sure why he’s only getting second half reps.
  • Tons of penalty flags on both teams. Preseason points of emphasis often alter the way the games are called, but dang, it really messes with the flow of the game. Well over 100 yards of penalties were assessed to the Lions which is, needless to say, not ideal.
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