The Lions defensive line committed two neutral zone infractions on this drive to go with the one they already committed on the game’s opening drive. Following the penalties, the Lions shoddy tackling in the open field allowed Jonathan Williams to reel off a 21-yard touchdown that puts the Bills up 10-0 with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter.
Alex Barrett has been responsible for two of the neutral zone infractions.
Lions go three-and-out on opening drive
Matt Asiata was able to put the Lions in a good position on third down with two rushes for eight yards, but Noel Thomas wasn’t able to reel in a pass in from Jake Rudock into good coverage and the Lions were forced to punt on their opening drive.
Bills settle for field goal on opening drive
The Lions aren’t playing any starters tonight, but coach Jim Caldwell still can’t be happy with how the first defensive possession of the game went.
Jalen Reeves-Maybin was able to break up a pass on third-and-short to force a 30-yard Steven Hauschka field goal, but the Lions defense still looked porous against the Bills reserves.
Buffalo quarterback Nathan Peterman was on the mark, going 6-for-7Â through the air for 47 yards. Jonathan Williams rushed four times for 18 yards.
Though these aren’t starters on the field, some of these are still guys that are going to make the team. I’m sure Caldwell was looking for a bit more from them at the outset tonight.
With 8:27 remaining in the first quarter, the Bills lead 3-0.
LIONS VS. BILLS
When: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Where: New Era Field, Orchard Park, N.Y.
TV/radio: Fox 2/WJR 760
Records: Lions 2-1, Bills 0-3