Bills remain unbeaten in preseason with 24-20 win over Lions

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The Buffalo Bills remain unbeaten in the 2019 preseason with a 24-20 win on Friday night over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. 

The Bills' starters were plagued early with turnovers, penalties and even injuries in the opening half, with the offense having only one first down in the opening quarter, which was awarded to them by a personal foul penalty by the Lions defense. In addition, their first quarter struggles were compounded with a fumble from receiver Cole Beasley that allowed the Lions to open the scoring with a field goal. 

The Bills would get the first touchdown of the game thanks to the Lions committing a personal foul on their down, capitalizing with a touchdown run from Isaiah McKenzie. The Lions would take the lead back with a Matthew Stafford touchdown pass toTy Johnson to make it a 10-7 Detroit lead. The Lions would recover a fumble on the following kickoff, but the Bills defense held strong with a fourth down stop with their backs to the goal line. 

Allen and the Bills offense responded with a lengthy drive, marching 95 yards to set up Devin Singletary's nine-yard touchdown run to give the Bills the lead, which the Bills would not give back.

The Lions added a 61-yard field goal from Matt Prater to cut the lead and end the first half, 14-13.

The first half was laden with injuries for both teams. Bills ended up losing guard Quinton Spain and cornerback Tre'Davious White and they would not return. White had his leg wrapped up from a quad contusion, but was in good spirits on the sidelines. On the other hand, Spain was not as lucky: 

Quinton Spain on crutches and in walking boot leaving locker room. #Bills

— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) August 24, 2019

The Lions lost starting linebacker Jarrad Davis early in the game, being carted off with a leg injury that will require an MRI to follow up with the injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

The Bills' starters would be done after the first half, as quarterback Josh Allen and the first-team offense exited the game for Matt Barkley and the second unit. Allen only attempted six passes, going 3-of-6 for 49 yards. 

The injuries would lighten up with the reserves in the game, and the Bills' passing offense took over thanks to the arm of Barkley. Barkley was lights out, leading two scoring drives and finishing 12-of-14 for 142 yards and a touchdown to Duke Williams that put the Bills up 24-13. 

The Lions would come to within striking distance of the Bills in the fourth quarter, cutting into the Bills' lead with a late touchdown, but rookie safety Jaquan Johnson would force and recover a fumble to help seal the win for the Bills, 24-20.


Scoring Summary: 
First Quarter: 

  • 0-0 TIE - Lions fumble recovery - Cole Beasley coughs up a fumble on a slant pattern, Detroit recovers the football at the Buffalo 27-yard line
  • 3-0 LIONS - Lions field goal - Matt Prater's 23-yard field goal attempt is good 
    • Drive info: 7 plays, 22 yards, 3:51 

Second Quarter: 

  • 7-3 BILLS - Bills touchdown - Isaiah McKenzie runs it in for a 6-yard touchdown (extra point by Stephen Hauschka is good) 
    • Drive info: 5 plays, 81 yards, 2:37
  • 10-7 LIONS - Lions touchdown - Matthew Stafford tosses an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ty Johnson (extra point by Matt Prater is good) 
    • Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yards, 3:37 
  • 10-7 LIONS - Lions fumble recovery - Victor Bolden fumbles on the kickoff, Detroit recovers at the Buffalo 18-yard line
  • 10-7 LIONS - Turnover on downs - The Bills defense holds Detroit out of the end zone on fourth down to force a turnover on downs 
  • 14-10 BILLS - Bills touchdown - Devin Singletary runs it in for a 9-yard touchdown (extra point by Stephen Hauschka is good) 
    • Drive info: 8 plays, 95 yards, 2:28 
  • 14-13 BILLS - Lions field goal - Matt Prater's 61-yard field goal attempt is good 
    • Drive info: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:09 

Third Quarter: 

  • 17-13 BILLS - Bills field goal - Stephen Hauschka's 43-yard field goal attempt is good 
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 49 yards, 4:49 
  • 24-13 BILLS - Bills touchdown - Matt Barkley throws a 16-yard touchdown pass to Duke Williams (extra point by Chase McLaughlin is good) 
    • Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:11 

Fourth Quarter: 

  • 24-20 BILLS - Lions touchdown - Mark Thompson runs in a 1-yard touchdown (extra point by Ryan Santoso is good) 
    • Drive info: 11 plays, 95 yards, 5:00 
  • 24-20 BILLS - Bills fumble recovery - Safety Jaquan Johnson forces and recovers a fumble, getting the ball at the Buffalo 12-yard line

LoTempio Complete Stats of the Game  

Individual Stats: 
Buffalo Bills: 

Matt Barkley- 12 of 14, 142 yards, 1 TD 

Josh Allen - 3 of 6, 49 yards

Tyree Jackson - 2 of 4, 27 yards 

Detroit Lions: 

Matthew Stafford - 12 of 19, 137 yards, 1 TD

Josh Johnson - 5 of 10, 71 yards  

David Fales - 3 of 8, 22 yards


Buffalo Bills: 

Frank Gore - 8 carries, 57 yards 

LeSean McCoy - 6 carries, 37 yards 

Josh Allen - 2 carries, 17 yards 

Devin Singletary - 1 carry, 9 yards, 1 TD 

Detroit Lions: 

Mark Thompson - 8 carries, 34 yards 

C.J. Anderson - 8 carries, 24 yards 

Zach Zenner - 4 carries, 21 yards 

Ty Johnson - 4 carries, 9 yards 

Kerryon Johnson - 2 carries, 4 yards 


Buffalo Bills: 

T.J. Yeldon - 3 receptions, 51 yards 

Zay Jones - 3 receptions, 46 yards 

John Brown - 2 receptions, 35 yards 

Ray-Ray McCloud III - 2 receptions, 29 yards 

Keith Towbridge - 2 receptions, 19 yards 

Duke Williams - 3 receptions, 15 yards, 1 TD 

Cole Beasley - 1 reception, 14 yards, 1 fumble lost 

Detroit Lions: 

T.J. Hockenson - 3 receptions, 52 yards

Danny Amendola - 3 receptions, 30 yards 

Issac Nauta - 1 reception, 23 yards 

Jonathan Duhart - 1 reception, 21 yards 

C.J. Anderson - 2 receptions, 17 yards 


Buffalo Bills: 

Tremaine Edmunds - 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss 

Matt Milano - 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss 

Julian Stanford - 5 tackles 

Deon Lacey - 3 tackles, 1 sack 

Shaq Lawson - 1 tackle, 1 sack 

Detroit Lions: 

Tavon Wilson - 5 tackles 

Andre Chachere - 4 tackles, 1 tackle for loss 

Quandre Diggs - 2 tackles, 1 fumble recovery 


Team Stats: 
Total Yards: 

BUF: 350DET: 317

Passing Yards: 

BUF: 203DET: 212

Rushing Yards: 

BUF: 147DET: 105

First Downs: 

BUF: 21DET: 19


BUF: 12 for 106 yards DET: 9 for 81 yards

Time of Possession: 

BUF: 28:54DET: 31:06 

What's Next: 

The Bills finish off the preseason at New Era Field on Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings at 7 p.m. You can hear the call of the game right here on WGR with John Murphy, Eric Wood and Sal Capaccio.