The Detroit Lions were able to defeat the New York Jets in their preseason home opener at the newly renovated Ford Field on Saturday night.
The Detroit Lions won their second straight game of the preseason, defeating the New York Jets 16-6 on Saturday night. The game was the home opener for the Lions, who debut a newly renovated Ford Field to fans.
Coming off a 2 for 3, one interception performance in Detroit’s first preseason contest against the Indianapolis Colts last week, Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford had a nice bounce back game against the Jets. Stafford completed 8 of his 10 throws for 84 yards and a touchdown Saturday night.
Running back Dwayne Washington led the team in rushing with 24 yards on eight carries. Wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. racked up four receptions for 34 yards and a score. After posting two touchdowns in his debut last Sunday, rookie wide out Kenny Golladay was limited to only one reception for six yards in this contest.
Defensively, cornerback Jamal Agnew led the team in tackles with a total of six. Free agent signee and former Chicago Bears defensive end Cornelius Washington posted three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against the Jets. Washington is expected to be the Lions’ top candidate to replace an injured Kerry Hyder Jr., who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury against the Colts last Sunday.
Defensive tackle Akeem Spence and safety Charles Washington both recorded sacks as well. And safety Rolan Milligan had the only interception for the Lions’ defense. The “D” in Detroit has been impressive in their first two preseason games, allowing a total of 16 points against the Colts and Jets combined.
Next Friday, August 25th, the Detroit Lions will welcome in the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to Ford Field. The Lions third preseason matchup will start at 7:00pm ET.