Just months after firing former head coach Jim Schwartz, the Detroit Lions will face him his Thursday as Detroit travels to Buffalo to take on the Buffalo Bills. This final preseason game should carry a lot of emotions for Schwartz in what will be the first of two games this season against the Lions.
As with most preseason finales, don’t expect to see star players from either team to play much, if at all. That means Buffalo fans shouldn’t expect to see much of C.J. Spiller, Mario Williams and Sammy Watkins. For Detroit fans, don’t expect to see Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh and Matthew Stafford at all.
Expect to see mostly a vanilla offensive and defensive scheme from both teams, as neither the Lions of Bills will want to give anything away before the regular season begins in just two weeks. It also makes sense to for both to play it safe because the Lions and Bills face each other in Week 5 of the regular season in Detroit.
Look for Buffalo to continue their no-huddle attack and try to exploit Detroit’s questionable secondary. For Detroit, the emphasis should be to establish the running game against a solid Buffalo front seven.
While many will tune in to this game to see if Schwartz can exact some revenge against his former team, this game will truly be all about the depth on each team. It’s crucial that both teams use this final preseason game to give players who are on the roster bubble enough reps so they can have a fair opportunity to make an impression on their respective coaching staffs.