Week 1 of the NFL preseason has officially begun, bringing two more games on Friday night, including the Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions. Stay tuned for news and updates throughout the night, including the score and highlights from the Bills vs. Lions.
Bills at Lions score and results
Bills and Lions highlights and updates
8:05 PM ET: Webb connects with Singletary on a play-action pass out of the backfield for the game’s first touchdown. The Lions’ defense got caught cheating up after the Bills’ run game began to churn out yards easily. Bills lead, 10-3.
8:01 PM ET: Rookie LT Spencer Brown puts forth a dominant effort on a first-down carry. Brown clears the running lane and reaches the second level with speed and strength at the point of attack.
Oh, hi Spencer Brown pic.twitter.com/S0JUz303nB
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) August 14, 2021
7:59 PM ET: Newly-signed Nickell Robey-Coleman is called for a pass interference penalty that extends a Bills drive. Robey-Coleman was signed just this week after the Lions realized a hole in their depth at cornerback.
7:50 PM ET: Davis Webb entered the game at quarterback for the Bills. After four straight carries, Webb completes his first pass to third-year TE Tommy Sweeney for a gain of 18 yards. Webb hit Sweeney on a play-action pass on the backside that Sweeney ran 16 yards after the catch.
7:44 PM ET: After a three-and-out from Buffalo, Tim Boyle takes over at quarterback for the Lions. Boyle’s first three passes are good for one completion, one yard, and one punt.
7:36 PM ET: Trubisky completes his first pass as a member of the Buffalo Bills, hitting TE Dawson Knox for 10 yards and a first down. Trubisky’s first completion is the last play of the first quarter, tied at 3-3.
Jared Goff went 7 of 9 for 56 yards with a controlled performance in his Detroit Lions debut.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) August 13, 2021
7:31 PM ET: An impressive 18-play drive comes to a screeching halt in the red zone. The drive leads to a 28-yard field goal from Randy Bullock. Detroit ties it with Buffalo, 3-3.
7:30 PM ET: Bills CB Levi Wallace makes the game’s best defensive play to date with tight coverage on Lions WR Tyrell Williams. He spotted the ball quickly and records a pass breakup in the end zone.
7:27 PM ET: St. Brown continues to showcase his ability to separate from the slot, running a crisp out route for a gain of 9 yards. St. Brown hauls in 3 receptions in his first quarter.
7:24 PM ET: Lions C Frank Ragnow called for a costly holding penalty, negating a 14-yard gain from St. Brown. Ragnow was called for just two penalties a season ago.
7:21 PM ET: Rookie WR Amon-Ra St. Brown makes his first reception as a Detroit Lion. He quickly breaks off an out route for just a gain of 3 yards, but St. Brown showcases what made him such a special draft prospect.
7:19 PM ET: Bills safety Josh Thomas knives through the defense for an impressive tackle for loss. Thomas drops Lions RB Jamaal Williams for a loss of one.
7:14 PM ET: Bills kicker Tyler Bass gets the first points on the board, nailing a 50-yard field goal. Buffalo leads early, 3-0.
7:12 PM ET: Mitchel Trubisky’s first pass for the Bills is thrown low to Isaiah McKenzie. A catchable pass but it would’ve been a tough reception.
7:10 PM ET: Lions DE Kevin Strong breaks through the offensive line for an impressive tackle for loss. Strong takes down Singletary for a loss of three.
7:06 PM ET: Devin Singletary takes the Bills opening play for a gain of 15 yards. The play is negated by a holding penalty by tackle Bobby Hart.
7:03 PM ET: Bills defensive lineman Harrison Phillips walks back Lions right guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai and sacks Goff for the first big play of the game. Rookie defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau gets credit for the sack against Sewell.
Penei Sewell was no match for Gregory Rousseau 😤😤pic.twitter.com/0D19Wl2GqS
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) August 13, 2021
7:02 PM ET: Penei Sewell misses a block in the run game on Jamaal Williams’ first carry, leading to a carry for no gain. Jared Goff started the game for Detroit, throwing an incompletion on his first attempt.
Bills at Lions preview for Week 1 of the NFL preseason
Detroit kicks off their first season with new head coach Dan Campbell while the Bills will look for an even deeper playoff run in 2021. MVP candidate Josh Allen will make his 2021 season debut fresh off signing one of the most lucrative contracts in NFL history.
Jared Goff to make his Lions’ debut
In addition to a head coaching change, the Lions swapped quarterbacks this offseason, trading for former Rams QB Jared Goff. That means that for the first time since 2009, someone other than Matthew Stafford will be the Opening Day starter for Detroit. That streak — now broken with Stafford in Los Angeles — was the third-longest in the NFL behind only Matt Ryan in Atlanta and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.
Goff had an up-and-down career during his tenure with the Rams. He lit up scoreboards during his 2018 season that saw him throw for 5,400 passing yards and 33 touchdowns. Despite missing the playoffs with LA in 2019, Goff signed a four-year contract worth over $110,000,000, showcasing the Rams’ belief in him.
However, as quickly as he came, he was gone after an exit from the playoffs following a disappointing Divisional Round loss against the Green Bay Packers.
The Rams packaged Goff with two first-round picks to the Lions in exchange for Stafford, proving to be too much for the team to want to hang on to him and his contract. For his career, Goff has thrown over 19,471 yards and 111 touchdowns against just 57 interceptions. He has made the playoffs as a full-time starter in three seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance against the Patriots in 2018.
It remains to be seen how long Campbell will play his starting quarterback against the Bills in Week 1 of the preseason. But nothing should come as a surprise with Campbell at the helm.
How to watch
Start time: 7 PM ET, August 14
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
TV channel: NFL Network
Live stream options:
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