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Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions - Open Game Thread

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Game Preview :: Pride of Detroit

Update [2007-8-30 21:49:25 by Brian G]: One play later, the Lions effectively end the game. The ensuing kickoff is fumbled by Kevin Kasper and John Wendling recovers, allowing the Bills to kill the clock. Pre-season over. Bring on the Broncos. Check back here early tomorrow morning for full analysis of the final pre-season matchup.

Update [2007-8-30 21:45:5 by Brian G]: Edwards has done it - driven the team down the field in a very effective manner and Lindell's short field goal (20 yards) gives the Bills the lead. I vouched for Craig Nall as the #2 QB yesterday, and still maintain that he would have won that battle had Edwards not performed so admirably tonight. I don't believe there's any question now that the rookie is Losman's primary backup.

Update [2007-8-30 21:19:14 by Brian G]: Drive stalls, but Edwards moved them far enough for a 40-yard Lindell field goal. He got a little lucky, however - on a third-and-five, a tipped pass was nearly intercepted. That's now 13 points for Edwards in about a quarter and a half of action.

Update [2007-8-30 21:11:27 by Brian G]: End of the third quarter; one more quarter of pre-season football to go! Trent Edwards continues to impress and has the Bills moving as the fourth quarter starts. He has been on the money all night.

Update [2007-8-30 20:45:25 by Brian G]: That was a heck of a drive by Trent Edwards and the Bills offense. The run game was solid (Shaud Williams had a few nice runs) and Edwards' poise showed through again. He made some great throws and has very good stats tonight. Fred Jackson scored on a toss play to the right; he muscled his way into the end zone on yet another tough run.

Update [2007-8-30 20:36:10 by Brian G]: Third quarter is underway. Surprise kick returner for the Bills, as Josh Scobey gets his first touch of the pre-season. He looked better than Fred Jackson at that duty.

Update [2007-8-30 20:21:15 by Brian G]: Trent Edwards is in at quarterback, and his first drive was the two-minute drill. He didn't disappoint - he looked poised in the pocket and picked up yardage efficiently to move the team into field goal position; a 45-yard Lindell field goal puts the Bills on the board as the first half ends.

Update [2007-8-30 20:12:26 by Brian G]: Coy Wire and George Wilson just got burned by O'Sullivan and Sean McHugh. The reserve tight end hit the seam, exploiting the Bills' poor coverage - touchdown Lions. The Bills, in general, have looked very bad this half.

Update [2007-8-30 20:3:10 by Brian G]: Problems continue to crop up for the Bills. Craig Nall has absolutely no time to throw and as a result his accuracy is erratic at best. Now he's fumbled a snap from Christian Gaddis, resulting in the second Bills turnover of the game.

Update [2007-8-30 19:52:38 by Brian G]: DiGiorgio has redeemed himself, making a nice second-down stop on an outside run play as the Bills don't break once again. Field goal is good by Hanson.

Update [2007-8-30 19:50:6 by Brian G]: Big mistake by John DiGiorgio. After a lucky stop by the defense, a punt hits DiGiorgio near the Bills goal line and the Lions recover. Lions are poised to score after the first turnover of the game.

Update [2007-8-30 19:36:23 by Brian G]: End of the first quarter. The first unit defense is already out (although Posluszny is still playing, along with a D-Lineman or two) and it's likely that the offense is done as well. Defense still looks shaky, as does the run game, but I was impressed with Losman's few throws tonight. Decisive, accurate and he moved the chains.

Update [2007-8-30 19:24:30 by Brian G]: After swapping possessions, the Lions drive down the field against mostly second-string Bills defenders, gaining big chunks of yards. But a diving pass breakup and a sack snuff out the drive; Jason Hanson hits a 51-yard FG.

Update [2007-8-30 19:6:29 by Brian G]: We have kickoff. The Lions will start with the ball; special teams coverage is outstanding as usual, as Thaddaeus Washington just had a nice thump on the kickoff coverage.

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