Browns vs. Lions: Detroit's Biggest Winners & Losers

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Browns vs. Lions: Detroit's Biggest Winners & Losers
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Just like that, Detroit Lions football is back.

Though a 19-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns is mildly disappointing, it gets a lot easier to swallow when you remember that the Lions led 14-3 at halftime, when the players that matter were playing.

Because preseason games are, of course, not at all about winning, losing or how you play the game. It's about finding standouts, both positive and negative.

Who were those guys in the first game action of the 2012 preseason? Who earned the coaches' attention, and who earned their ire?

There was a fair share of both instances in this game, some obvious, some subtle. But suffice it to say there are some much better indications of who to watch for in the coming weeks, either because they could bring value to the team or because they just moved themselves a lot closer to the cut list.

Let's start with the one you're likely to hear the most about this week.

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