The Lions defense looked great….against the woeful New York Jets. And they still let Mark Sanchez move down the field and score. They get another chance to prove themselves against a shaky quarterback situation with the Browns.
Here are three things to watch tonight at 7:30pm EST.
1) The Lions’ secondary allowed more than 300 yards passing by the Jets – even if you’re counting backups, that can’t happen. Especially when you consider 125 yards of it was via Mark Sanchez. The big interception was provided by rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah and an ill-conceived Sanchez pass. The secondary needs to step up its game.
2) Brandon Weeden looked good last week. The Jason Campbell/Weeden quarterback battle is still on, but if Weeden can have a good week against the Lions, he could sew up that job. Hard to bench a guy who is playing pretty well especially when the guys behind him aren’t outplaying him. That’s not to say that a new coaching staff won’t though.
3) We know Reggie Bush is the main back in Detroit, but keep an eye on Mikel Leshoure vs Joique Bell. Bell has once again been playing well in camp and games while Leshoure is serviceable and not running away with the No. 2 job. Bell could surprise people – he did last year. Leshoure had more yards on the ground last week with 24 yards on six carries (a 4 yd per carry average). However while Bell did less on the ground – just 9 yards on three carries, he caught four balls for 36 yards. That dual-threat nature could be the boost he needs to leapfrog Leshoure, but it’s something Bush already does well. So Leshoure may be the better compliment even if he’s not quite the better overall back.
Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at Footballguys.com and an NFL writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him at @andrew_garda on Twitter.