There have been some rumbling and murmurs regarding the Detroit Lions this preseason. Some are concerned about the way their offense has played. I'm not joining in with those worriers, because it is preseason, but it would be nice if maybe Reggie Bush would actually do something, anything, positive and if they found the end zone. If they don't, I shant be alarmed, but playing well is better than playing poorly. Particularly when it comes to the third game of the preseason, where the starters tend to play a fair amount. The Lions got themselves a nice matchup for their third preseason contest too, as Detroit gets to hosts the New England Patriots.
During the regular season, you don't want to see a team like the Patriots on the docket, but in the preseason, you get a nice test without having to worry about the result. The Patriots are a very good team, even with their questions at the offensive skill positions, and this will be intriguing when it comes to Detroit's defense versus New England's offense.
In particular, the secondary will get a nice challenge. There is still room for jostling and positioning in terms of playing time. Will somebody like Darius Slay impress? Can the Lions get after Tom Brady? If Detroit's defense looks good against New England's starting offense, that would be a positive. A small one, but it is something.
Then, yes, I will be paying attention to Detroit's offense too. I'm not worried about Matthew Stafford or Calvin Johnson or Detroit's tight ends. I am still wondering about the offensive line, and the wide receivers after Johnson, although I like Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson is fine. Again, it would be nice if Bush did something, but honestly, even if he isn't that good this season, there is always Joique Bell, who I very much like. I don't want Bush to be a sunk cost, but Detroit has options is what I'm saying.
The game kicks off at 7:30 PM Eastern at Ford Field. It will be a nice show for the Lions fans who show up to their surprisingly expensive preseason game. The Patriots will likely make some big plays and maybe they will win. They will probably win, actually, because their starters are better and the starters for both teams will likely play a half. Hopefully Detroit's starters look good and get some rhythm going and such, and more importantly nobody is hurt. The regular season is getting closer, and this will be your best chance to watch something resembling legitimate Lions football until then. Savor it.