Detroit Lions preseason report card: Week 1 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Detroit Lions preseason report card: Week 1 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Published August 13, 2022
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Aug 12, Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97) tackles Atlanta Falcons running back Qadree Ollison (30) during the first half of a preseason game Aug. 12, 2022 at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirthmon F. Dozier-USA TODAY Sports

Luckily it’s only the preseason, so the end result doesn’t matter as much as individual performances as battles for roster spots rage on. There were positives and negatives on both sides of the ball, as expected. However, the mistakes on offense feel more correctable than the defensive blunders.

The starting offense looked very sharp on its lone drive of the night. The offensive line was dominant, led by Frank Ragnow and Penei Sewell. Jared Goff looked composed under pressure, and delivered some nice throws, including a nice cross-body completion to Amon-Ra St. Brown. The running back duo of D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams looked good on the ground, finding rushing lanes with ease. Swift scored the touchdown to cap the drive for the starters.

When the Lions’ first team left the field, the offense’s consistency went with it. No.  2 quarterback Tim Boyle had a few really nice passes, including a deep shot to Kalif Raymond and a fade to Devin Funchess in the end zone for a touchdown. But he also threw a pretty brutal interception when Detroit was deep in its own territory.