There are several players that both Browns fans and Lions fans should pay attention to when Cleveland and Detroit bump helmets tonight. There are several rookies trying to prove their worth and starters that are trying to get into a groove prior to week 4 of the preseason and week 1 of the season.
Jake Delhomme is off to a very good start in the preseason. He is giving defenses a tough time, passing the ball all over the place. He does a great job of throwing bullet passes and using touch when he needs to. He may have a strong performance tonight against the weak Detroit defense. He will likely play three quarters since it is the third preseason game, which should give him the oppurtunity to lead the Browns to three or more touchdown drives.
Jerome Harrison has an opportunity to seize control of the starting job. He should easily run his way through the Detroit defense and will likely get many carries in the red zone. Count on him to rush for one or two touchdowns.
Brian Robiskie showed some promise during the game against Green Bay two weeks ago. Jake Delhomme may use him to spread the Detroit defense out and he is likely to have a stellar performance. If Delhomme finds no one else open, Robiskie may be an escape outlet on a few plays.
Watson is turning out to be Delhomme's favorite target. At least, that's the impression everyone's getting. He is a nice end zone target, so don't be surprised if Delhomme uses him for quick strikes in the end zone.
The main question for tonight is not about Jake Delhomme or Colt McCoy. Will Joe Haden make a big play tonight? He wants to prove he is starting material and this is his best chance to say "yes".
Warning Lions fans: one of your offensive players may suffer a serious injury tonight. Why? Because T.J. Ward hits like a truck. His tackling is as advertised and he is proving that the Browns made a smart move to pick him in round 2.
Three time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas knows how to protect a quarterback. Who can get past this guy?
With one year under his belt, it is time for Matthew Stafford to step it up. It sounds like a lot to ask for a quarterback in his second year, but Lions fans are suffering and are in need of an answer.
Calvin Johnson is developing into a great wide receiver. It is time for Stafford to give him the ball and rack up the stats. Expect to see him get a toouchdown or two in tonight's game.
If Kevin Smith can't get the run game going, maybe Jahvid Best can. The Lions might turn to him to be the starting running back when the season begins. Smith has had an injury plagued career and it the Lions know it. It might be time to unleash the rookie and see what he can do.