Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans: Preseason storylines to follow
What’s happening since the Detroit Lions first preseason game? Kick in the Crotch Weekly summarizes observations and has the big storylines for Week Two!
How are you holding up, Detroit Lions fan? We’ve seen every reaction from complete apathy to “fire everyone”, from pundits, Same Ole’ Lions fans, and the media. So, with all of the whirlwind of reactions, what are the major storylines leading into the second preseason game versus the Houston Texans, August Seventeenth, at NRG Stadium?
The Lions had their behinds handed to them in just about every way by the New England Patriots. In particular, the offensive line was abused to the tune of nine sacks while failing to open up any significant holes in the running game, albeit with many regulars out. That was last week and in football, we have to have short memories especially if something bad happened.
There weren’t a ton of positives when there’s a lopsided score like that but we liked rookie runner, Ty Johnson. He made his NFL debut and had a couple of big plays in limited work if we had to find a silver (and Honolulu Blue) lining. Other players held their own but overall it was a sloppy game with second, third, and sometimes fourth-string guys in.
The main thing Detroit Lions fans and coaches wanted to see was for the team to stay healthy. Unfortunately, receiver Jermaine Kearse broke his leg, and both quarterback Tom Savage and offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby ended up in concussion protocol. There is a laundry list of other guys who are questionable for the Week One game versus the Arizona Cardinals, too.
See the expanded list of injuries, here.
Among the infirmed are linebacker Steve Longa, physically unable to perform, defensive tackle, Darius Kilgo, injured reserve. Damon Harrison, nose tackle, was just removed from the NFI to practice although he was limited in his return.
With Tom Savage hurt, third-string quarterback, David Fales, didn’t have a good outing. Since Thursday, Josh Johnson was signed as a free agent quarterback to improve the backup situation. By all accounts, he is already ahead of Fales and may push for the number two spot once Savage returns.