Saturday, August 18, 2012
Preseason2: Explosive outing for Lions
By Kevin Seifert
Reviewing Friday's action at M&T Bank Stadium:
Detroit Lions 27, Baltimore Ravens 12
Preseason record: 1-1
Of interest: You saw in the second quarter how quickly the Lions can take control of a game. Down 6-0, quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a 57-yard pass to receiver Calvin Johnson from his 7-yard line. The Lions finished that drive with Stafford's 18-yard strike to Johnson in the end zone. Overall, Johnson caught five passes for 111 yards in the first half. Stafford didn't leave until he had completed 12 of 17 passes for 184 yards and two scores. … The other touchdown was a 24-yard pass to receiver Titus Young, who stayed on his feet after contact and dove some five yards into the end zone. … Rookie receiver Ryan Broyles made an encouraging debut with two receptions for 26 yards. … The Lions had 11 penalties, including a silly late hit by defensive lineman Nick Fairley and also a face mask against linebacker Justin Durant, wiping out a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. … As inconsistent as the defense was, I thought cornerback Chris Houston and safeties Erik Coleman and John Wendling made some important plays. Houston had two breakups near the goal line that I counted, Wendling had a red-zone breakup and a sack, and Coleman looked strong in run support. … Coach Jim Schwartz was upset with some sloppy play on special teams, which Coleman and Wendling have vacated to focus on defense. ... It's worth noting that first-round draft pick Riley Reiff got some work with the first team.
Local coverage: The Lions did a lot of their offensive damage against the blitz, notes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News. … Schwartz on special teams, via McCosky: "We've got to find better players to be able to execute. You can do all the drills you want, if a guy can't make a play, he can't make a play. We've got to find guys who can, particularly on our punt and kickoff cover teams. We were poor in those areas." … The Lions were disappointed in their penalty totals, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. … Birkett: "The Lions still have some holes on defense. Amari Spievey made like a statue in limited first-quarter work at safety. But nothing that happened Friday has swayed me from thinking they could make a long playoff run this year." … Running back/kick returner Stefan Logan (ankle) was on crutches after the game, but X-rays were negative for a break, according to Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
Up next: Aug. 25 at Oakland Raiders