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Bills offensive starters expected to play in preseason finale against Lions

  • Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

    Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky throws against the Cleveland Browns in a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit. Orlovsky, who was a part of Detroit's 0-16 team in 2008, is back with the Lions as the No. 2 quarterback behind Matthew Stafford. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

    FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky throws against the Cleveland Browns in a preseason NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit. Orlovsky, who was a part of Detroit's 0-16 team in 2008, is back with the Lions as the No. 2 quarterback behind Matthew Stafford. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)  (The Associated Press)

The Buffalo Bills defense can take a break.

Quarterback EJ Manuel and Buffalo's sputtering starting offense isn't expected to get much rest in the preseason finale against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

Coach Doug Marrone's concerns on offense come after Manuel and company were booed off the field while trailing 24-0 at halftime of an eventual 27-14 preseason home loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

The Bills (1-3) combined for just 82 net yards and six first downs on eight first-half possessions before scoring two touchdowns on consecutive third-quarter drives against the Buccaneers' second-string defense.

They'll get one final dress rehearsal against the Lions (2-1), who are seeking to settle their backup quarterback competition between Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore.

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