The third pre-season game is typically the "trial run" for teams, with the starters playing for the longest stretch.
We need to see specific things out of both the offense and defense tonight.
Let's start with the offense.
The Lions receiving unit can truly test out its starting lineup for the regular season if
The Lions' offense must demonstrate that tonight.
Defensively, the focus up front will be the pass rush – pressuring Brady, collapsing the pocket and forcing the ball out. The defensive unit has struggled to generate turnovers in the secondary and display solid coverage downfield.
There were a few chunk passes completed against the defense last week, which could be attributed to a few things.
One factor is a player losing track of where a guy is or lack of attention to detail for a particular play. It could also be attributed to players just getting out of position. Lastly, the one thing that drives coaches crazy – poor execution or a blown assignment.
All week the Lions' coaches have worked with the players to correct miscues and mistakes with a focus on precision against the Patriots. The concern is will these issues be an ongoing situation or will they be corrected before the regular season begins?
The Lions have the ability in the secondary to be good and – after speaking with
The thing the Lions must be sure of is that they are playing together. Most problems have arisen from breakdown in assignments and that needs to be corrected.
If the players don't accept those breakdowns, they're not going to make excuses.
Hopefully the Lions see a solid rebound performance at Ford Field tonight.