Football, I've missed you.
The preseason is like a cold drink after trekking through the desert for 6 months. With no football for the last half-year, preseason games always seem to carry far more significance then they should. Most stars don't play, the remaining starters only play a few series and the playbook is neutered (or, designed exactly like the Lions playbook).
Yes, our lord and savior J.C did not play well and we lost the game. His 10 passes will be over analyzed by fantasy fanatics everywhere and his INT (should have been INT's) were not pretty.
Honestly, it really doesn't make any difference.
The Lions went 4-0 in the preseason last year and finished 0-16. The Colts were 1-3 in preseason and finished the regular season 12-4.
The important things to look for in preseason are:
1) Which rookies/bubble players stand out?
3) Chemistry (hard to tell until week 3, really)
4) Glaring issues (If Cutler went 0-30 with 3 INT's every game)
Nevertheless, some observations sure to be magnified and taken out of context:
- Our backup QB situation resembles my toilet after a heavy dinner of tacos and chili. Why didn't we try to get Mike Vick again?
- The D-line looked very good with the pass rush.
- Kevin Jones has some game left in him.
- Our secondary needs someone to step up. Nice pick from Steltz...
All in all, I'm just excited to have the little people with the C's on their helmets running around inside my television again.