What happened: Quarterback
The Lions defense recorded four sacks and forced three turnovers in Buffalo territory (interceptions by
“We came in and everybody’s trying to learn a new scheme, new system, and develop our chemistry as a new team, new secondary,” safety
“Just over the time of camp, just bonding, working with each other each and every day it’s been fun. We’ve come a long way, we’ve learned a lot, we’ve grown in our scheme so now we’re ready to start honing in for week one.”
Moore finished the game 17-of-28 passing for 178 yards and those two touchdowns and a passer rating of 102.9
The Lions finished with 258 of total yards to just 162 for Buffalo.
What didn’t happen: The Lions weren’t about to take any chances when it came to injuries to any of their key starters.
It gave a number of players an opportunity for extended time, and a few of them took advantage, particularly Moore.
Play of the game: In the second quarter, safety Isa Abdul-Quddus intercepted Bills quarterback Jordan Palmer at the Buffalo 32-yard line and returned it to the 26.
It was terrific recognition by Abdul-Quddus, who walked up closer to the line of scrimmage from his safety spot, read the play, and jumped the quick out route.
The interception led to a 1-yard touchdown pass from Moore to Ross a few plays later that gave the Lions a 10-0 lead.
“Yes he is great,” head coach Jim Caldwell said of Abdul-Quddus at halftime. “He’s really active throughout the preseason and he has been maturing within the defense for quite some time now. It’s good to see him actually apply it out there on the field.”
Thursday night in Buffalo began the Freese era in Detroit after Caldwell made the rookie seventh-round draft pick his regular-season starter earlier this week.
He hit from 53, 53 and 28 yards on the night.
His second attempt from 53 yards ricocheted off the left upright, but went through.
Player of the game on offense: QB Kellen Moore
Moore continues to show great command of Joe Lombardi’s offense, leading the Lions on four scoring drives.
He distributed the ball around to a lot of different receivers, moved the chains and took care of the football.
Those are all the qualities you’d like to see in a backup quarterback.
Moore has played well all preseason. Has it been enough to challenge Dan Orlovsky as Stafford’s backup?
It should at least be discussed when the coaches and front office personnel sit down and start talking about the 53-man roster starting Friday afternoon.
Player of the game on defense: DE
The former four-technique defensive tackle turned edge rusher has been one of the surprise performers this preseason.
Johnson has taken advantage of every snap he’s been given, dating all the way back to the OTAs and minicamp.
He recorded two tackles, 1.5 sacks and three quarterback hits in Buffalo. He finished the preseason with 2.5 sacks in four games.