August 29, 2013 - 10:09 PM
By Tim Graham
Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' exhibition loss to
Detroit Lions tonight in Ralph Wilson Stadium ...
What it means: On one hand, nothing. It's the preseason.
But getting outscored 65-13 over a seven-quarter span could mean a little something.
The Bills are trying to change a culture of losing, and with several depth
players in the spotlight and fighting for jobs, few showed any life.
Matt Leinart does little: The Heisman Trophy winner looked
like a quarterback who didn't know the offense. Because he didn't. He signed
with the Bills four days ago. But I'm certain he hoped for better than three
completions on 10 attempts for 11 yards and two interceptions that each led to
a Lions touchdown one play later. He also was sacked once. His career could be over.
Down on the corners: Buffalo's
cornerbacks were atrocious, leading to some gaudy stats for Detroit backups Shaun Hill
and Kellen Moore. Matthew Stafford was plagued by overthrows and dropped
passes, or else the score would have been more lopsided. T.J. Heath and Crezdon
Butler had particularly rough performances, allowing big plays and committing
Bills star of the game: Thad Lewis didn't look too shabby for someone who just showed up. With limited
knowledge of the playbook, he scrambled on just about every play. He completed seven of 16 passes for 132 yards and a long touchdown with no interceptions. He ran seven times for 51
Play of the game: Midway through the fourth quarter, wide receiver Marcus Easley got a step on a defender up the right sideline. Lewis hit Easley in stride for a 79-yard touchdown.
Unfair night for receivers: One of the most interesting battles was at wide receiver. Easley, Brad Smith, Chris Hogan and Brandon Kaufman needed opportunities, but with a pair of backup quarterbacks, there weren't many quality throws to go around. With eight minutes left in the game, Bills wide receivers had three catches for 12 yards.
Injury report: Rookie receiver Marquise Godwin left at the
end of the first quarter and didn't return after getting poked in the eye. ... Hogan was hurt on the second-half kickoff. He remained down
before walking off with a limp but returned to the game. ... Smith was in the locker room having his ribs checked out in the third quarter.
... Left guard Doug Legursky was carted off the field in the fourth quarter
with an apparent left knee injury.
Penalty rundown: The Bills had trouble with penalties
throughout the preseason. They had nine for 74 yards against the Indianapolis
Colts, 14 for 106 yards against the Minnesota Vkings, seven for 38 yards
against Washington and nine for 60 yards tonight.
Coming up: The Bills open their regular-season schedule
Sept. 8 against the New England Patriots in Ralph Wilson Stadium.