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Lions Fall in Final Preseason Tune-up 16-13

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J.T. O’Sullivan got a chance to shine on the preseason stage for the Lions on Thursday night, as Buffalo topped Detroit 16-13 at Ford Field to wrap up the Lions preseason at 2-2. O’Sullivan played the whole game under center, going 15-for-26 for 175 yards and a touchdown. He spread the ball to 11 different pass catchers, rookie Calvin Johnson being one as the first round pick caught one pass for 9 yards. Starting quarterback Jon Kitna (back) and reserve Dan Orlovsky (toe) were held out of the final two exhibition games with injuries. While records don’t mean anything in preseason, the Lions enter the season with plenty to work on before the season opener September 9th at Oakland vs the Raiders.

The Lions ended up sitting about half of its starters, including receiver Roy Williams, running back Tatum Bell, defensive tackles Shaun Rogers and Cory Redding. Kevin Kasper ended the chances for the Lions after the Bills went up 19-16, as he brought the final kickoff out of the middle of the end zone while teammate Brian Calhoun tried to stop him and turned over the ball. The Lions ended the night with 237 yards on a shell of an offense, they committed six penalties for 45 yards, and held the ball for 24:37.

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2 Responses to “Lions Fall in Final Preseason Tune-up 16-13”

  1. The Lions offense looks good but their pre-season defense was so-so. Do you think O’Sullivan could hold down the fort if Kitna misses time? I’m in a deep fantasy league and am guessing (or hoping) O’
    Sullivan can be turned into one of Martz next unheralded QB’s turned studs.

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