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Points after: Lions 23, Bills 0

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Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' exhibition loss the Detroit Lions in Ralph Wilson Stadium ...

What it means: The Bills finished their preseason 1-4. While preseason records are insignificant, it was an ugly 1-4, especially for the starters.

EJ Manuel does little: Manuel had another unimpressive game. On three possessions, he completed three of his seven throws for 56 yards. One was a dump pass Fred Jackson turned into 20 yards. Another completion was a fluke ricochet Robert Woods corralled for another 20 yards. The Lions sacked Manuel twice.

Sammy Watkins hurt again: The Bills' first-round draft pick went over the middle and got popped by linebacker Ashlee Palmer. Watkins left the game with a rib injury. It's not immediately known if it was the same rib injury from two weeks ago against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jordan Palmer's lackluster debut: The Bills' newest quarterback went 9 of 22 for 73 yards with three interceptions. The performance was reminiscent of Matt Leinart last year. Leinart showed up right before the final preseason game, stunk and got cut.

Play of the game: Detroit quarterback Kellen Moore feathered a gorgeous pass to Corey Fuller in the end zone from 25 yards out. Fuller went to ground for the catch to give Detroit a 17-0 halftime lead.

Bills inactives: Tight ends Scott Chandler, Lee Smith and Tony Moeaki, guard Chris Williams, cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore, Corey Graham, Bobby Felder and Mario Butler and safety Jonathan Meeks.

Coming up: NFL teams must cut down their rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday. The Bills open the regular season Sept. 7 against the Chicago Bears.

  • Phil

    Bills 45 Bears 0.

    • Polish Prince

      woob, woob, woob,woob..,,Moe, Larry the cheese!

  • Rick

    At least Alonzo won't be part of a crap season............EJ needs to go...he's terrible and doesn't get it!....look at all the rookie quarterbacks in other pre season games....they are doing way better than EJ....he's a bust, bust, bust!!!

  • Sweet Pea

    Palmer's performance is just what was expected I did not expect anything else people "point-blank", when you continue to draft poorly and bringing in palyers with no heart this is what you are going to get and see. Marone decided to play Watkins for what??? totally made NO! since to play him as we need him full go for week one, second look at the pass that was thrown to him just flat out left him open for that wow!. Someone answer this, what part did our medical team had with clearing him to play because to me the hit did not look that damageing I mean it was a good shot but com'on, I really believe he was not healthy enough to play and you can see in his face he was in some pain now he may not play in week 1 hec not sure if it would make a difference anyway because we can not get the kid the ball.

  • Alan Barnes

    Yeah... let's build them a new stadium to the tune of $1b....

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining NFL.com as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.