Exhibition: Lions at Bills
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Thursday, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
TV/radio: Ch. 7/97.1
Records: Detroit 2-1, Buffalo 1-3
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Here’s what you need to know:
■ The Lions take on the Buffalo Bills in their final exhibition game of the preseason. It will be a reunion of sorts between the Lions and their former coach, Jim Schwartz, who was fired in the offseason after five seasons. Schwartz is the Bills’ defensive coordinator.
■ Don’t expect to see a ton of familar names for the Lions, who are giving 11 starters the night off, including quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, running back Reggie Bush and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
■ This will be another opportunity for linebacker Tahir Whitehead to make a run at the starting strong-side linebacker position. Whitehead had a huge game last week against the Jaguars, with 10 tackles and three sacks.
Here are some Lions stories to catch up on prior to kickoff:
■ The Detroit News’ Josh Katzenstein predicts the Lions’ final 53-man roster.
■ Lions stoke kickoff luncheon crowd with their confidence.
■ Ten things to watch in Thursday night’s Lions-Bills game.