The Lions haven't scored much with their starting offense on the field, but they have moved the ball.
But Golden Tate is not concerned.
"I think we can be special," Tate said.
They put together a 12-play drive on their lone series in the preseason opener against Pittsburgh, before a Taylor Decker breakdown led to a sack-fumble. Then they went 10 plays and 79 yards to open against Cincinnati, before Tate dropped a would-be touchdown in the end zone.
QB Matthew Stafford has a 70.6-percent completion percentage, which is actually ahead of the pace he set in the second half of last season, and 171 yards through the air. He has not thrown an interception, though he does have two-sack fumbles.
Detroit has been without TE Eric Ebron and RB Ameer Abdullah as well, which isn't helping their production. Stafford's favorite target continues to be WR Marvin Jones, who leads Detroit with 81 receiving yards on five catches. That includes a 32-yard toe-dragger along the sideline last week, which helped set up a field goal. We've heard a lot about how Jones has been Stafford's go-to WR so far in camp and it's holding true in preseason games.