The Detroit Lions meet the New England Patriots for what, for some players, will be their final tune up before the regular season starts. The Week 3 preseason matchup is usually the one that is closest to a real NFL game. It's also the last one in which most players not fighting for a roster spot play in.
This Friday, Coach Belichick and Schwartz will try to get a feel for who understands the system and get a sense of how far players have come along in their conditioning.
Both the Patriots and Lions have questions that need to be answered. Expectations in New England and Detroit are high this year so this will be a good indication of what to expect going forward.
Here's a look at the biggest story lines heading into this Friday's matchup.