Lions 16, Bills 6: Starters Make Quick Exit In Exhibition Finale

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills runs against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Bills wrapped up their pre-season schedule on Thursday night with an uneventful 16-6 loss to the Detroit Lions.

As expected, Buffalo's starters saw a very minimal amount of playing time. The offense got two abbreviated series' worth of work, with Ryan Fitzpatrick completing just two of five passes for a loss of one yard. C.J. Spiller had perhaps the play of the day with a 27-yard run as starter Fred Jackson got the night off.

Defensively, two series was again the maximum playing time, and the night saw the return of Shawne Merriman to the lineup. He made a tackle for a loss in his short amount of playing time, and Buffalo's defense forced two stops of a red-hot Lions offense.

Buffalo ends their pre-season schedule with a 1-3 record, and won't play again until their regular season opener on September 11 in Kansas City. Tomorrow will be an off day for the team, and then on Saturday they'll trim their roster down to 53 players.

For anyone who caught the game, please feel free to leave your observations in the comments section below. On to the regular season!

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