Bills vs. Lions Halftime Thoughts

Some halftime thoughts on the Bills/Lions backup bowl.

At halftime, the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions are tied at 10. Both teams had their backups in all half, but here are a few halftime thoughts.

-Ron Brooks could have had two pick six touchdowns in Detroit’s first two offensive series. In the first drive, Brooks had an errant pass go through his hands. He made up for it on the second drive on a play where Buffalo’s defense did a lot of great things. First, Dan Orlovsky had pressure in his face, it caused him to throw a pass that was a little off target. Jeremy Ross attempted to catch the ball but Mario Butler put a good hit on the receiver which led to Ross bobbling the ball straight up into the air into Brooks’ awaiting arms.

-Buffalo’s defensive backups looked strong against Detroit’s backups, especially in terms of run defense. The Bills stopped

-Kevin Reddick made a good first impression for the Bills. Early in the game, Reddick seemed to be all over the field. The only problem for Reddick is that A.J. Tarpley, his main competition, also had a strong half for the Bills.

-Matt Simms’ play was a bit inconsistent but there was more good than bad. There were two offensive fumbles with Simms under center but the second one was clearly not his fault. In terms of passing the ball, Simms made some really good throws but also made some really dangerous throws. He also took a sack at the end of the half on a play where he held onto the ball too long. Rex Ryan is especially high on Simms, so if he finishes strong in the second half he has a good chance to land on Buffalo’s practice squad.

-Zach Zenner has been a feel good story for the Lions in the preseason. Through three games, the running back has 162 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. He has a shot to make Detroit’s starting lineup, but the Bills shut the running back down in the first half. On six carries, Zenner had negative three yards rushing.

-Dan Carpenter has responded well after being put on notice by Rex Ryan. He connected on his field goal attempt and extra point.

-Quentin Groves had the hit of the half on special teams right before the end of the half. He may have hurt himself on the play but it was a notable play for a player trying to make Buffalo’s 53-man roster.

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