Saturday, August 20, 2011
Preseason: Lions' Jahvid Best departs early
By Kevin Seifert
Reviewing Friday's action at Cleveland Browns Stadium:
Detroit Lions 30, Cleveland Browns 28
Preseason record: 2-0
Of interest: Quarterback Matthew Stafford had another sharp night, completing six of 10 passes for 85 yards in four series. He now has a 138.7 passer rating in two preseason games. He threw two beautiful downfield passes, a 30-yard go route to receiver Nate Burleson and a 27-yard pass down the seam to tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Under modest rush on back-to-back plays, Stafford scrambled to the left sideline and flipped the ball out of bounds twice. Unusual but effective, I guess. ... Burleson's 4-yard touchdown reception, on his 30th birthday, was an elite display of footwork at the back line. ... Tailback Jahvid Best took a hit on the first play that left him woozy, he said, and he didn't return after the first series, which ended with his fumble. The implication is that he suffered a concussion, but there was no confirmation Friday night. ... The first-team defense allowed two touchdowns but both were on short-field drives following a turnover and a long return. The drives started at the Lions' 34- and 21-yard lines, respectively. ... Receiver Calvin Johnson didn't play as a precaution against re-injuring his bruised left shoulder. ... I thought safety Amari Spievey again made a few nice tackles, including a 3-yard loss in the backfield against Brandon Jackson.
Local coverage: Lions coach Jim Schwartz was pleased with how backup running backs Mike Bell and Jerome Harrison played after Best's injury, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. In the end, the Lions rushed for 176 yards on 45 carries. The Lions committed "way too many" penalties, noted defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. Best on his injury, via Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com: "It was nothing bad, but I just wasn't feeling right so they told me to sit down. I'm not concerned at all."
Up next: Next Saturday vs. the New England Patriots