The Detroit Lions finish their preseason Thursday night at home against the Buffalo Bills. The fourth preseason game is typically the one where starters get little-to-no playing time while the team protects its stars and gets a longer look at their depth.
But the Lions haven't exactly had a great preseason thus far. Both the first team offense and defense have struggled against competition. The Lions' offensive starters have yet to score a touchdown, while no one on defense has tallied an interception yet.
So the Lions face a conundrum: Sit their starters and risk coming out Week 1 rusty and unprepared or give the first-teamers a few more series to prepare for the season while chancing it with injuries.
How much do you want the Lions' first-teamers to play against Bills?
My answer: None. While I would love to see Matthew Stafford get one more chance at getting the offense in the end zone, Teddy Bridgewater's recent injury has me hoping the Lions keep all of their players packaged in bubble wrap until opening weekend. One or two more series aren't really going to do that much to get the team prepared for the Colts, so might as way play it safe.