Jason Hanson’s at it again.
Hanson’s 50-yard field goal with 41 seconds left in the first half gave the Lions a 17-9 lead over the Ravens in the team’s second preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Shaun Hill led a nice drive down the field, taking advantages of gaps in Baltimore’s defense to find his receivers and work their way into field goal range.
The Lions got a scare on the ensuing kickoff, but a big return was negated by a holding penalty and Baltimore couldn’t do anything after that.
What went right:
- Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson form a special combination. The two combined five times for 111 yards and a score in the first half. Yes, it’s only the preseason, but these two have it.
- The defense did a nice job of fighting off the penalties and keeping Baltimore out of the end zone. Chris Houston and Jon Wendling made great plays on one drive to hold off the Ravens.
Things to work on:
- It was a real slow start for the offense. Things really didn’t get moving until the second quarter. If the team has to wait for the Stafford-Johnson connection to flourish, it could mean trouble.
- The penalties were absolutely atrocious. Just real bad stuff. Seven penalties for 73 yards, many of which were not something you could write off under “it’s the preseason.” They hampered the team last year and cannot be a factor this season.
We’ll return after halftime!