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NFL Preseason Preview - Detroit (2-1) at Buffalo (1-3)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Buffalo Bills will finish off an extended preseason slate by hosting the Detroit Lions on Thursday.

It's been a disappointing exhibition season overall for Buffalo, which fell to 1-3 last week when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into Orchard Park and built a big halftime lead behind touchdowns from Doug Martin and Mike Evans before holding on to top the Bills 27-14.

EJ Manuel played three quarters for the Bills and passed for 198 yards and a touchdown but also turned the ball over twice on a fumble and an interception.

C.J. Spiller rushed for 36 yards and Fred Jackson and Mike Williams scored touchdowns in the loss as Buffalo played without rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins (ribs).

The Lions, on the other hand, are above water in the preseason after George Winn's 1-yard touchdown run with 7:12 remaining lifted Detroit over the Jacksonville Jaguars, 13-12, last week.

Reggie Bush recorded an 86-yard TD run in the first quarter for the Lions, who won despite committing 15 penalties for 131 yards. Bush ended with two carries for 95 yards.

Matthew Stafford, who played into the third quarter, completed 10-of-16 passes for 98 yards and an interception. Dan Orlovsky connected on 9-of-11 passes for 74 yards.

08/27 12:30:59 ET