Stafford and Co. shine, while Lions' secondary stumbles

Aug. 21, 2010 at 3:21 a.m.
Updated Aug. 22, 2010 at 3:22 a.m.

By Dave Birkett

Detroit Free Press


DENVER - For the second time in as many exhibition season games, the Lions' first-team offense looked sharp. The secondary, not so much.

Matthew Stafford played four offensive series and led the Lions on four scoring drives, and Drew Stanton ran for a late touchdown, as the Lions beat the Broncos for their first exhibition victory, 25-20, on Saturday night.

The Lions settled for field goals on three of Stafford's four possessions, stalling inside the Denver 11 each time. But Stafford was hardly to blame.

The second-year signal caller finished 13-for-18 passing for 130 yards and had potential touchdown throws glance off the fingers of tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler.

"It is" frustrating the Lions didn't score more touchdowns, Stafford said. "But at the same time, we don't spend a whole lot of time game planning for teams and their red-zone coverages. ... I was really pleased with how we played today."

Stafford did throw his second touchdown of the exhibition season to Calvin Johnson, and defensively the Lions got another productive night from their front four to help mask the deficiencies in their secondary.

Cornerback Dre' Bly intercepted a Kyle Orton pass to set up the Lions' first touchdown, but Orton had his way the rest of the first half. He led two second-quarter scoring drives and finished 16-for-22 for 177 yards.


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