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Extra Points: Lions 38, Bills 32

By Jay Skurski

Some observations from the Motor City.

Play of the game: Marcus Easley desperately needed to show some big-play ability in his fight to make the roster at receiver. He was able to do so with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Easley followed that up with a two-point conversion catch, fighting in with a Lion draped all over him. It was a great sequence for the third-year pro.

Best bubble player performance: H-back Dorin Dickerson had three catches for 23 yards, including one for a touchdown, and was open deep against a safety, but Tyler Thigpen missed the throw. Dickerson showed his potential.

Trouble spot: The starting defense allowed the Lions to drive 80 yards in seven plays over 3:19 for a tying touchdown. Included in that drive was a 15-yard facemask call against rookie cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The touchdown came on a 24-yard pass from Matt Stafford to Calvin Johnson. Second-year cornerback Aaron Williams was beat on the play, which will happen against Megatron, but does illustrate some of the struggles the young Buffalo secondary is likely to face from time to time.

Stat line of the night: Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was 5 of 5 for 39 yards and a touchdown in his only series of the night, for a passer rating of 138.8. "We wanted to start fast tonight and put some points on the board. It was good to get into the end zone tonight and spread the ball around a little bit and let everyone touch it," Fitzpatrick said.

Coming up: The Bills open the regular season at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 when they visit the New York Jets.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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