Everyone refers the 3rd preseason game as the dress rehearsal. It supposed to be the game when the offensive and defensive players put it all together. If you were unfortunate enough to tune in to the Detroit Lions game Friday night what you saw wasn’t dress rehearsal.
It was a mess that caused me to have a reversal.
The Detroit Lions did put up some big numbers on Friday. They racked up -131 yards on 15 penalties to do with 3 turnovers. Not the big numbers the Lions coaching staff or fans were expecting.
Penalties and turnovers aside the Lions did win the game but they did so in spite of some terrible performances from some awful performances from key offensive players.
Matthew Stafford posted a whopping 53.9 quarterback rating against Jacksonville. That included an awful interception thrown into heavy coverage. His best throw of the game was an underhand shovel to Joique Bell as he was falling to the turf.
The offensive line didn’t do much to help Stafford either. The Jacksonville defensive line was all over Stafford form the first snap and definitely contributed to the Lions passing woes.
George Winn averaged 1.7 yards per carry and although he scored the winning touchdown on a one yard run in the fourth quarter, he had a costly fumble earlier in the 2nd half that stopped a Detroit Lions drive. Winn has been impressive at times this offseason but after last nights performance he may find himself on the practice squad.
Mikael LeShoure had a total of 55 yards on ten touches but he also had a fumble. He may have done enough to draw interest from other teams but the Lions have better options at running back going into the season.
Reggie Bush looked to be in mid-season form when he busted an 86 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The most impressive thing about the run wasn’t the yardage but how he got it. Bush normally known for his ability to break tackles, had the big gain on a run off tackle showing he can run north and south as well as anybody on the roster.
Eric Ebron had a brilliant game. The stone hands he exhibited in training camp didn’t show up during the game as he caught both passes thrown his way. He also had a big block the sprung Reggie Bush on his 86 yard touchdown run.