Lions Get Rolled In Preseason Finale
The Detroit Lions didn't put up much of a fight in their final preseason game Thursday night, losing 35-17 at the hands of the Cleveland Browns. And in a popular trend in the NFL these days, the Lions sat all of their starters.
A week ago, the back-ups and reserves led a spirited comeback in Tampa Bay versus the Bucaneers. Last night however, they looked unimpressive. Especially for guys fighting for roster spots.
"I would say from our standpoint, we obviously didn’t play very well tonight," Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "We have to do a better job coaching and playing and certainly, there were some situations that came up tonight that I’m glad they came up in this game as opposed to a regular game, where we have to be really alert and ready to go with some of the transitions that took place."
The Lions defense gave up the first 25 points of the contest to Cleveland and struggled early on. Something that has been a disturbing trend this preseason.
Running back Dwayne Washington was Detroit’s most productive offensive player, finishing with 67 yards on 20 carries and six receptions for another 43 yards.
Detroit finishes 1-3 in the preseason. They will open up the regular season at home on Monday Night Football September 10 vs the New York Jets.