Saturday’s match-up against the New England Patriots will give fans a clearer picture as we begin to chart the course of the Detroit Lions’ 2011 NFL season.
This preseason is especially important to the Lions. Not because they need to play catch-up coming out of the lockout, but because they are team trying to establish an identity.
The Lions know what they want to be, and NFL prognosticators know what they’re capable of, but the team has yet to actually prove it out on the field.
This game could be the beginning of something big for the Detroit Lions' young players, who could make a statement of intent for the upcoming season in beating the Patriots.
If they really are ready to take the next step, there will be some signals apparent in Saturday’s game.