2012 NFL Preseason: Detroit Lions Beat Baltimore Ravens

The Detroit Lions beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-12 on Friday night in the second NFL preseason game for both teams. The Lions played relatively well in their first of back to back road games.

Matthew Staffed helped lead the Lions first unit to a 17-9 halftime lead. Stafford connected for two first half touchdowns to WR’s “Megatron” Calvin Johnson and Titus Young. Each touchdown took place in the second quarter, which was a quarter that the Lions put up 17 points on the Ravens defense.

Detroit had to punt on its first two possessions as for the second week in a row the first team offense got off to a slow start. The Ravens countered Detroit by scoring on two of their first three drives to take a 6-0 lead.

The good for the Lions is that the defense held Joe Flacco and company in check and showed some signs of promise. Detroit’s much maligned defense has been under the microscope this preseason so it helps to get a good effort under their belt moving forward.

Detroit’s offense showed some life by scoring on three of its next four drives to take a 17-6 lead. The Lions had a great deal of questions heading into this game and for the most part the team came out with positives. The team has to be happy about keeping Flacco and Ray Rice in check.

Stephfon Green had a solid six carry for 92 yard game with a bulk of the yardage coming on a late 76 yard run in the fourth quarter. Calvin Johnson had five catches for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Stafford went 12-17 for 184 yards to go along with two touchdowns.

If the Lions defense can continue to perform like this from here on out they will have the ability to win a lot of games this season. Detroit plays on the road again against the Oakland Raiders next week.


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