The Detroit Lions continue to sit essential players and drop to -two in the preseason, regardless of an impressive overall performance from their third-string quarterback.

The Detroit Lions have reached the halfway mark of the 2019 preseason. We’ll have to wait one more week to see their most critical player take the field, nevertheless.

The Lions continue to be cautious with Matthew Stafford and kept their beginning quarterback out of a 30-23 preseason loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday. Josh Johnson, a week right after signing with the group, began for the Lions and completed 9 of 18 for 85 yards and an interception.

With Stafford’s presumed backup Tom Savage sidelined by a concussion, Johnson is in contention to be the Lions’ reserve signal-caller this season. He played the whole 1st half and into the third quarter, but was unable to lead Detroit into the finish zone.

David Fales took more than beneath center in the third frame and led a 94-yard drive culminating in a 5-yard touchdown toss to operating back Zach Zenner. Fales rebounded from a nightmarish game a week ago, finishing 12 of 19 for 226 yards and a single touchdown throw.

With Johnson major the way, the Lions totaled just 112 yards of offense in the 1st half to 201 for Houston. The Lions have been without the need of receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, and beginning operating back Kerryon Johnson carried the ball only 3 occasions for 16 yards.

Lions rookie security Will Harris returned a fumble by Texans receiver Steven Mitchell 19 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Edge rusher Romeo Okwara punched the ball loose prior to Harris’ recovery.

A a single-yard Mark Thompson touchdown run pulled the Lions inside 27-23 in the fourth quarter, but the offense stalled on their subsequent drive, and a Hail Mary pass try by Fales was batted away as time expired.

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson led a 72-yard opening drive, culminating in a four-yard touchdown reception by receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Watson played just a single series for Houston, finishing five/7 for 60 yards and a touchdown.

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The Detroit Lions continue their preseason slate subsequent week on Friday, August 23rd at eight:00 p.m. EST, when they host the Buffalo Bills.

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