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The following is from the Detroit Lions’ 33-30 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.


The following players served as game captains for the Lions:

  • QB Matthew Stafford
  • LB Jarrad Davis


  • First Quarter: K Matt Prater capped a 10-play, 69-yard drive with a 24-yard field goal to cut the Buccaneers’ lead to 7-3 with 5:25 left in the opening quarter. QB Matthew Stafford completed 3-of-4 passes for 59 yards, including a team-long 36-yard pass to WR Kenny Golladay, on the opening possession.
  • Second Quarter: K Matt Prater connected on a 26-yard field goal, his second of the day, with 10:31 left in the second quarter to cut the Buccaneers’ lead to 7-6. The field goal capped a 13-play, 90-yard drive.
  • Third Quarter: RB Theo Riddick finished an 11-play, 85-yard drive with a 10-yard rushing touchdown. QB Matt Cassel went 5-of-6 passing for 48 yards on the drive.
  • Fourth Quarter: QB Matt Cassel’s three-yard touchdown pass to WR Bradley Marquez completed a 13-play, 63-yard drive.
  • Fourth Quarter: WR Brandon Powell returned an 80-yard punt for a touchdown with 4:53 left to play to cut the score to 26-30.
  • Fourth Quarter: QB Jake Rudock threw a five-yard touchdown pass to TE Marcus Lucas with 30 seconds left to clinch the comeback and the Lions’ first win this preseason, 33-30.


The Lions…

  • Scored a preseason-high 33 points and recorded a 21-point comeback. Their 33 points are the most since they scored 35 points at Buffalo on Aug. 29, 2013.
  • Capped a furious comeback by posting 20 points in the fourth quarter. Their 20 points scored in the fourth quarter are the most in a preseason quarter since they scored 21 points in the second quarter at Buffalo on Aug. 29, 2013.
  • Notched a preseason-high 122 rushing yards, which included having three running backs rush for more than 25 yards, and averaged 4.4 yards per carry on 28 carries.
  • Totaled 337 yards of total offense.
  • Scored on their first two possessions of the game for the first time since doing so on Aug. 13, 2015 against the Jets.
  • Recorded their first 90-yard drive in preseason play since orchestrating a 95-yard touchdown drive against the Jaguars on Aug. 28, 2015.
  • Had four players record a rush of 10-or-more yards, six players record a reception of 10-or-more yards and three players record three-or-more tackles.



  • Returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the longest punt return touchdown of any player this preseason.
  • Now leads the NFL with 15 receptions this preseason.
  • Registered game-highs with six receptions for 45 yards.


  • Finished 9-of-12 passing for 58 yards, one touchdown and a 112.5 passer rating.
  • Orchestrated a game-winning drive by leading the Lions 60 yards in 10 plays, capping the effort with a five-yard TD pass to TE Marcus Lucas with 30 seconds remaining.  


  • Notched a sack on the game’s second possession.


  • Finished 9-of-18 for 113 yards in his second start of the preseason.
  • Led the team to scoring drives on their first two possessions.


  • Scored on a 10-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter on his only carry of the day.


  • Finished 7-of-11 passing for 60 yards, one touchdown and a 108.1 passer rating.
  • His first touchdown pass of the preseason came in the fourth quarter.


  • Finished with game highs in rushing attempts (11) and rushing yards (45).


  • Recorded his first interception in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.


  • Caught four passes for 24 yards, including the game-winning five-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left to clinch the victory.


  • Notched eight tackles, tied for the game-high.


On if he has concerns over how the starters have played the last three weeks in the preseason: “It’s definitely like –preseason is important. It’s important for us to really take a look at everybody and find out where we’re at. All the seasons I’ve coached the same way, I always have. It’s a process. September is going to look one way, and October is going to look another, and hopefully November looks better than both of them. It certainly, you would like to see more than what we’ve been doing so far. We’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got to get ready here pretty soon, and we’ve just got to keep working to get better.”

On struggling down by the goal line: “I would say finish in general is just kind of something that I always harp on, whether it’s all three phases. I think there’s some plays we should have finished better on special teams, defensively and offensively. And certainly, when you get down in the red area the goal is to score touchdowns and get the ball in the end-zone. So, we’ve got a lot of work to do there. Same thing defensively, we’ve got to keep them out. We certainly have to finish some of those plays better also.”

On if he’s satisfied with the play in the secondary: “I mean, I don’t know if we are ever satisfied, we’re always trying to get better. But I think it’s obviously that’s the point. We’re trying to put guys in tough situations and see how they do and evaluate and see if we can improve it. That’s really the point to see if it gets better from week to week or if there’s certain things. Maybe some things get better and other things that didn’t come up before, come up now and you have to address it and cover them. Certainly, in those things I just have to do a better job coaching and putting those guys in good situations and keep trying to teach them and get them better.”

On the fans’ frustration with how the team has played and how he remains so confident: “I am just trying to coach the team. I am just trying to get better. It’s really about improvement. It’s not looking past anything besides tonight and evaluating that tonight and tomorrow and try to get better over the course of the long haul. It’s a long season, it’s a long process, and we’ve got a lot work to do. I think we’re still in that process.”

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