Lions vs Texans Stream : The Detroit Lions will take on the Texans in the team’s second preseason game Saturday night after traveling to Houston for a series of joint practices.This trip comes on the heels of New England coming to Allen Park for three joint practices before the Patriots beat the Lions 31-3 in the preseason opener. The Texans also dropped its preseason opener to Green Bay 28-26.
Stafford saw three series of action in Game 2 of the preseason last year, and he should be in for a similar workload Saturday. Stafford hasn’t been particularly sharp this summer — he threw two interceptions in practice Wednesday — and the Lions gave him six days off from throwing last week. He’s running a new offense, so there are some kinks to work out. But coming off a down season, Saturday’s game will provide the first meaningful clue of what to expect this fall.
The Lions allowed nine sacks last week, renewing concerns about an offensive line that still has one starting spot (left guard) up for grabs. Most of the damage came against second-teamers, and some of it was due to communication breakdowns, but disturbing performances like that aren’t easy to forget. The Lions face a couple good pass rushers Saturday in J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus. Keeping their quarterbacks clean will be a step in the right direction.
HOUSTON — 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.”
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.”