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Joe Webb had some ups and downs that included an attempt to fit a post route into triple coverage ending in an interception. But he also made some powerful throws down the sideline. His most impressive completion found Vyncint Smith over the outstretched hands of Andrew Adams for a 31-yard TD strike.
Rookie Albert Huggins showed off his pass-rushing ability against the Texans. Huggins was bull-rushed his opposition at will and often found himself in the Lions' quarterback's lap on passing downs.
Quarterback David Fales provided a spark to the Lions' offense when he entered the game early in the third quarter. He moved around both inside and outside of the pocket to extend plays and found receivers downfield. He could have led them to even more points if not for multiple dropped passes on the Lions second to last drive.
Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin made his presence felt during his time on the field. The former Tennessee Volunteer performed well in coverage and in run defense.
With Houston up 10-9 in the second quarter, wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. made an unnecessary attempt to turn a short reception into a first down on second and short. The third defender to make contact, Romeo Okwara, was stripped the ball away that was then picked up and returned for a touchdown by rookie Will Harris.
Rookie cornerback Derrick Baity Jr. kickstarted the Lions' comeback attempt by getting beat twice on David Fales’ first drive on deep go routes down the left sideline. Baitywent on to allow another first down catch later on in the third quarter.
Josh Johnson, who started the game at quarterback, played one drive into the third quarter but only led the offense to three points. On the lone scoring drive, the Lions benefited from a 42-yard pass interference call on a throw that was off the mark by Johnson. He showed poor pocket awareness and ball security when he fumbled on the second play of the game. Johnson also forced a bad throw that resulted in an interception in the Lions’ two-minute drill before the half.
Costly penalties took away any chance Detroit had to find a way back into the game. A pass interference by Amani Oruwariye on a third-and-four, and substitution confusion left 12 men on the field during a fourth-and-one attempt early in the first quarter — both proved rather costly mistakes.
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