The Detroit Lions lost their 2012 preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns 19-17 on Friday night at Ford Field after a late Jeff Wolfert 45-yard field goal, but the Lions are likely happy with the performance of their ground game despite the exhibition loss.
Detroit rushed for 198 yards on 33 carries in the game, good for a 6.0 yards per carry average. Keiland Williams gained 71 yards on nine carries, including a five-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Joique Bell added 89 yards in the second half on 16 carries.
Matthew Stafford saw limited action under center for Detroit, completing four of seven passes for 51 yards and an interception in the first quarter. Back-up Shaun Hill was eight of 12 for 83 yards, including a three-yard touchdown pass to Stefan Logan. Rookie third string quarterback Kellen Moore struggled in his preseason debut, completing just four of 14 passes for 40 yards and an interception.
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