One down, three to go. The Lions finally got the 2019 season (somewhat) officially started on Thursday during the preseason opener against the Patriots. As expected, most of the starters got little to no action, but the whole point of the month of August is to figure out who will win the last spots on the roster.
The biggest takeaway of the game might be injuries, which unfortunately came early and often. With three games still remaining, this was a scary reminder of what can happen in the preseason. Of the Game 1 injuries, none were bigger than Jermaine Kearse, who left in the first quarter with a broken leg. His exit makes the competition for WR4 (and WR5) even more interesting.
I guess some football is better than no football, but this game was hard to find too entertaining. Deep rosters led to sloppy play, and there was clearly a good amount of rust and/or inexperience for most of the Lions. Still, we at least got to see some live action outside of training camp.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Do you feel better, worse, or the same after Game 1 of the preseason?
My answer: Honestly, the needle does not move that much for me. New England was clearly the better team, and their first half dominance should not be overlooked. This is a squad that is coming off yet another Super Bowl win, however, and there should be no surprises that they looked well prepared.
But saying that the Patriots were the better team requires an asterisk, as it was really the New England backups that bested the second-string Lions. There are certainly some big question marks, including depth along the offensive line and in the secondary, but thankfully the real games do not start until another month.
This was not the best showing from Detroit, and I will not fault you if you feel worse about the team, but I will need to see a little more before the needle truly swings. Without seeing most of the starters on both sides of the ball, it seems silly to get too upset over the first preseason game.
How do you feel about the Lions after Preseason Week 1?
This poll is closed
A lot better
A little better
A little worse
A lot worse