With most starters either sitting or playing one series at most, the Lions dominated this battle of the backups 23-0. Buffalo struggled mightily to get anything going on offense, especially with recently signed quarterback Jordan Palmer taking the majority of snaps for the Bills. Being on the team a few days only amplified the typical dysfunction that is seen in preseason games; guys haven’t played together much and obviously aren’t on the same page. Even worse for Buffalo fans was Sammy Watkins aggravating his already sore ribs.
Detroit Lions — Performances of Note
Isa Abdul-Quddus, FS: +2.7
Breakdown: Abdul-Quddus continued his strong preseason with two more stops and an interception. He had a nice finish on a screen pass helping get the receiver out of bounds short of the first down marker and forcing a Bills punt.
Signature Play: Q2, 7:30 remaining, he undercuts a simple hitch route for an interception, setting up a Lions touchdown.
LaAdrian Waddle, RT and Michael Williams, RT: +4.9 combined
Breakdown: Waddle had his best game of the preseason so far, even though he was on for just 18 snaps. Williams, meanwhile, slid over from left to right tackle for this game and didn’t miss a beat.
Signature Stat: No pressures allowed in 75 combined snaps.
Andre Fluellen, DT: +1.7
Breakdown: On a team with a surplus of quality defensive lineman, sometimes it is hard to make an impression. Against Buffalo, however, he managed a sack-hit-hurry trifecta in just 14 pass rush snaps. Fluellen graded at +2.8 overall, but an offsides penalty, negating a nice stuff on a running play, brought down his overall grade.
Signature Play: Q2, 5:43 left, Fluellen was able to shed the right tackle and sack Palmer for a 9-yard loss.
Buffalo Bills — Performances of Note
Cyrus Kouandjio, RT: -1.8
Breakdown: The second-round pick from Alabama continued his disappointing preseason, allowing a sack, a hit and two hurries against the Lions. On one running play, he was beaten backside so quickly he had to resort to tripping the defensive lineman.
Signature Stat: -10.4 overall in the preseason with 13 total pressures allowed.
Landon Cohen, DT: +3.0
Breakdown: Cohen was especially good against the run at +3.5, with four stops in just 16 run defense snaps.
Signature Play: Q4, 3:57 remaining, he splits a double team from the center and right guard to stuff the running back for a 3-yard loss.
Manny Lawson, DE: -2.1
Breakdown: Just about disappeared in this game after a decent preseason (at least in run defense) so far. Even against Detroit’s second-stringers, he didn’t register a single quarterback pressure in 31 snaps, and had zero stops with a missed tackle in the run game.
Signature Stat: Two total pressures on the quarterback in 126 preseason snaps.
Despite playing in the waning stages of the final preseason game and being let go the day after, Landon Cohen definitely got himself noticed and gets our game ball.
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