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Lions Lose Preseason Finale to Buffalo By 7 Points

TEAMS 1 2 3 4 OT F
Buffalo 7 3 0 10 - 20
Detroit 0 7 0 6 - 13
Visitor GAME STATS Home
338 Total Yds 226
16 First Downs 14
96 Rushing Yds 89
32-0 Rushes-Fumb 20-0
1 Rushing TD 0
242 Passing Yds 137
16-20-1 Comp-Att-TD 20-28-1
1 Interceptions 0
8-14 3rd Down Conv. 7-14
30:10 Time of Pos. 29:50
Starting Monday, Pride of Detroit will shift into regular season mode to get you ready for the home opener against the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks. Until then, POD will look back at a preseason that may have been a disappointment to some. Before looking back at all four games from the preseason, let's first recap what happened at Ford Field last night.

The Buffalo Bills, coached by former Lions interim coach Dick Jauron, came to town with an 0-3 record in the preseason. They were looking to get Jauron his first win as a Bills coach, and had to do it on the road. The Lions were coming into this game with one win in the preseason, and were looking to get their record up to a percentage of .500. Lions fans hadn't seen a win since the very first week of preseason football, so it would be nice to close out things on a high note.

The trend of a rocky start on defense for Detroit was continued last night. The Bills' offense didn't have any problems marching down the field and putting the ball in the endzone. A few mid-range passes and third down conversions put the Bills in position to score. Willis McGahee pounded the ball over the goal line from 1 yard out to put the Bills on the board. The worst part of all of this is that the drive lasted a total of nearly 9 minutes.

Detroit answered back in the 2nd quarter when Eddie Drummond scored a touchdown. The surprise, it wasn't on a return. That's right, Eddie Drummond caught a pass for a TD. The pass from Josh McCown tied up the game and gave Lions fans something to cheer about.

That something wouldn't last too long. Both teams added 2 field goals each throughout the rest of the game, which would keep the game tied, but before Detroit kicked their last field goal of the game, Buffalo scored a TD to take the lead. It came from 70 yards out and put the Bills on top by 10 points. As I said, Detroit added another field goal to cut the lead down to 7, but couldn't make the comeback.

In the end, Detroit lost by a score of 20-13. This loss drops Detroit's record down to a measly 1-3 over the course of the preseason and finishes off a preseason filled with many disappointments. It looked bright when the Lions defeated Denver in week 1, but since then it hasn't been anything good. Look for a recap of the entire preseason sometime this weekend.

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