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Lions 31, Bills 0: Detroit blanks Buffalo as preseason comes to an end

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The preseason is over. Rejoice.

“Big gulps, huh? Aaaaalright. Welp, see ya later.”

The Bills could use Lloyd Christmas’ awkwardly hilarious way of meeting, quickly greeting then saying goodbye to bid farewell to the 2016 preseason after a dud of a showing from third and fourth-stringers against the Lions.

EJ Manuel went just 1-of-5 and looked extremely uncomfortable taking snaps behind a routinely porous offensive line. The run game was essentially non-existent outside of a 17-yard Boom Herron scamper.

As a defense, Lions’ rookie quarterback Jake Rudock went 14-of-23 and threw for three touchdowns.

Dwayne Washington opened the scoring with a 58-yard TD run in the first quarter, and Detroit never looked back. Rudock led scoring drives right before the half and near the end of the third quarter. Meanwhile, Cardale Jones had trouble getting anything going on a consistent basis, thanks in large part to a porous blocking until in front of him.

If there was any Bills player who had a good night — and he needed it — it was second-year tight end Nick O’Leary who led the team in receiving with six catches for 63 yards. Jerel Worthy again had a strong outing, and Robert Blanton had a solid game as a tackler.

This was a snoozer Bills fans will want to — and will -- soon forget.


Colt Anderson left the game with a foot injury, Marquis Lucas hurt his ankle, and Blake Annen went to the locker room with what looked like a neck or head injury. James Wilder was evaluated for a possible concussion. Jerel Worthy was also checked for concussion but after passing all tests it was determined he did not suffer one. He was cleared to return to Thursday night’s game.