Lions vs Texans Reddit Live : The Lions vs Texans play their second preseason game Saturday night against the Texans. Based on last year’s schedule, many of the team’s healthy starters are likely to see at least a handful of snaps. The Lions vs Texans tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern time in their second preseason game of the year. The Lions and Texans have been practicing together in Houston the past few days and it has been a back and forth showing for the two squads.
The Lions play their second of four preseason games Saturday against the Texans, and after a dismal showing in last week’s opener against the New England Patriots, the emphasis is on playing better, smarter all-around football.Starters Matthew Stafford, Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Golladay are expected to make their preseason debuts after sitting out last week’s game, while others like Damon Harrison, Trey Flowers and Jarrad Davis still may be a week away from seeing the field.
Harrison came off the non-football injury list Thursday, but did not take part in team drills. Flowers also was limited to individual drills only this week as he continues making his way back from shoulder surgery, and Davis missed most of the last two weeks with an undisclosed injury.Stafford, fresh off his own six-day break from throwing, said he has two goals in mind for Saturday and next week’s third preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, which probably will mark the final appearance for him and the rest of the Lions’ starters this summer.
“I’d love for everybody to stay healthy,” Stafford said. “And No. 2, go out there and execute at a high level. Anytime we step out on the field, whether it’s for a series or a game or a half, whatever it is, when we’re out there we’re trying to execute at a high level and that’s the goal every time we step on the field.”Stafford played three series and 13 plays in last year’s second preseason game against the New York Giants.
The Lions are in the midst of installing a new offense after changing coordinators, but Patricia said that’s not a factor in how playing time will be determined this preseason.
“We have an outline for that stuff that we put in play before we get going, but a lot of it will be fluid depending on the practices,” Patricia said. “I think if we come out of a couple good days or three good days of how we feel competition wise, that it went, and these are really important to us, then we can always reevaluate before we get to the game and decide how much reps we need to see or who we need to see from that aspect of it as we go through the evaluation.”Patricia said he does want “certain groups to work together and kind of build towards the regular season,” but most important is showing improvement from last week’s malaise.
The Lions gave up nine sacks, completed just seven passes and managed only a late field goal in last week’s loss the Patriots, and they had little success stopping Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham on defense. Hoyer and Stidham combined for 326 yards passing and three touchdowns without a turnover.
Stafford said he feels “pretty good” about where the Lions are offensively three weeks away from their regular-season opener in Arizona, but the team still has a handful of position battles to sort out.The Detroit Lions and Houston Texans will face off in Week 2 of the NFL preseason at 8 p.m. Saturday at NRG Stadium after a week of joint practices. Neither Matthew Stafford or Deshaun Watson played in the first game of the preseason, so any potential appearance — or lack thereof — is worth keeping an eye out for.
The Lions opened the preseason with a 31-3 loss to the New England Patriots while the Texans lost to the Green Bay Packers 28-26. This represents the second straight week Detroit has practiced with its preseason opponent heading into the weekend as the Patriots visited Allen Park last week.
This post will run through the week of headlines leading into the game itself:
This post will update with a link to the live blog of the contest as we inch closer to kickoff. A couple of the main stories heading into Houston this week was the return of Snacks Harrison, Marvin Jones staying home, Stafford’s return to practice and how the team would fare in the brutal Houston heat.
Joint practices have become increasingly popular in the NFL because some coaches say they can get players more meaningful reps in controlled settings against other teams than they can in the actual preseason games.
Red-zone, third-down, two-minute. Whatever the situation that needs to be scripted, coaches put great care into putting it in their practice plan.
Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia certainly does. The Lions and Houston Texans worked on all those situations and more in two practices at the Houston Methodist Training Center this week.But Patricia said joint practices — the Lions have had two sets of them this summer — in no way supersede the importance of preseason games.
“Games are always a big deal to me,” Patricia said Thursday. “We got to go compete.”