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5 Takeaways From the Detroit Lions’ Preseason Opener

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5 Takeaways From the Detroit Lions' Preseason Opener

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In a battle filled with mostly field goals, the Lions defeated the Cleveland Browns 13-12 in what was mostly an ugly offensive performance for both teams. For Detroit, some positives throughout the game included their return game and their kicking game, but they also have plenty of issues to improve on heading into next week. Here now are the five biggest takeaways from the Lions' first preseason game.

5. The Pass Rush Was Non-Existent In The First Half

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5. The Pass Rush Was Non-Existent In The First Half

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Playing without most of their big-time players on the defensive line in the first half, Detroit's pass rush had little to no effect against Brian Hoyer. Hoyer was given plenty of time to throw the ball without the real threat of a rush.

4. The Starting Secondary Looked Shaky Again

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4. The Starting Secondary Looked Shaky Again

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Detroit's secondary looked rather sluggish against the Browns top receivers in the first half. Detroit's main secondary defenders allowed four passes of 10 or more yards and hardly challenged the Browns receivers off the line.

3. Mikel Leshoure Was Not Impressive

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3. Mikel Leshoure Was Not Impressive

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Now a fourth-string running back, Mikel Leshoure did not make much of an impression in extended playing time. In the first half, Leshoure had 30 rushing yards on seven attempts, but after a carry of 14 yards, Leshoure averaged a mere 2.6 yards per carry on six more attempts in the first half.

2. Kris Durham Continues To Struggle

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2. Kris Durham Continues To Struggle

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Given a golden opportunity to make a good impression, Kris Durham was less than stellar in the first half. The former Georgia Bulldog had two receptions for 11 yards, one for seven yards and another for four, but was unable to get past his defenders after the catch. On the other hand, Ryan Broyles, who is competing with Durham, made some good plays in the first half and was able to break some tackles and get good yardage.

1. Dan Orlovsky Struggled In The First Half

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1. Dan Orlovsky Struggled In The First Half

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Playing most of the first half, Dan Orlovsky was off for most of the first half. Orlovsky looked tentative in the pocket, was pressured a lot, and exhibited poor footwork on several of his passes. Orlovsky finished nine for 15 and 64 yards in the first half, but failed to get the ball into the end zone.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google+.