The Detroit Lions are looking to put the second half of last season behind them, and they can look at the 08 preseason and feel they are headed in the right direction. Detroit traveled to Buffalo on Thursday night and used their second and third stringers to top the Bills 14-6 to wrap up the preseason at 4-0 for their first unbeaten preseason since they went 4-0-1 in 1993.
The Lions went with backup QB Dan Orlovsky, and he went 12-for-21 for 114 yards with a touchdown. Detroit’s defense set the tone against a rather sloppy effort by the Bills, as they recorded three sacks for a loss of 26 yards, forced a fumble and got a fumble recovery. Detroit overall started the game with seven starters, the Bills just one.
The game seemed more like a scrimmage, as there was a bunch of dropped passes, several illegal formation penalties and even two safeties. The Lions built a 14-3 halftime led after trailing early 3-0. They got a safety and then a Jason Hanson field goal to make it 5-3 after the first quarter.
Orlovsky then threw a TD from 9 yards out to Jerome Felton with 11:03 left in the first half to make it 12-3. They got another safety with 2:24 left in the half to make it 14-3. The Bills got a field goal :15 into the fourth quarter to make it the final of 14-6. The two teams combined for just 412 yards, as both offenses had their issues.
Gibran Hamdan started for the Bills at QB, and played the whole game, going 18-for-26 for 158 yards with four sacks. The Bills will kick off the 08 regular season at home vs the Seahawks on September 7th. Detroit will have a great shot to start the regular season with a win as they play the young Falcons in Atlanta on the 7th.