The Detroit Lions’ first-team offense only played for a single series. Matthew Stafford looked like his typical dominating self, but as the Lions crossed midfield, a hard pass bounced off Marvin Jones Jr. and was easily picked off by the Colts. That would be it for Stafford and most of the first-team offensive skill players.
The first-team defense took over and put on an impressive performance. The Colts failed to pick up a single first down in their first two drives, thanks to solid coverage from Jarrad Davis and consistent pressure from Detroit’s front four.
However, the optimism was quickly deflated when Kerry Hyder went down with a lower leg injury during the second defensive drive of the day. Hyder had to leave the game on a cart, unable to put any pressure on his left foot.
After that it was the Kenny Golladay show. In successive drives, Jake Rudock connected with the rookie receiver for an impressive pair of touchdowns.
Golladay would finish the day with three catches for 53 yards and two scores.
The Detroit Lions quickly added a field goal to move their lead to 17-3. That’s where the Lions defense took over. Facing an Andrew Luck-less Colts offense, the Lions defense was suffocating all day.
Though the Lions failed to force a turnover on the day, they held the Colts out of the end zone until the final play of the game. In fact, the Colts had just 229 yards of offensive for the entire game, and 90 of it came on the final drive.
The second half was filled with messy play from both teams, but more dominance from the Lions defense.
On offense, Brad Kaaya took over one possession into the second half, and couldn’t produce much on his first two possessions. However, after a good Jace Billingsley punt return, Kaaya led the team on a four-play, 30-yard drive. Dontez Ford finished the series with a 15-yard touchdown catch, breaking two tackles along the way.
Overall, it was a pretty impressive team performance by the Lions, marred only by two moments: Stafford’s interception and Hyder’s injury. There’s not much reason for concern for the former, the latter could be an issue.
For now, the Lions will head home to prepare for next week’s preseason game against the New York Jets on Saturday.