Detroit Lions vs. New York Jets Free Pick- 8/9/13
New York Jets (0-0) at Detroit Lions (0-0)
NFL Football: Friday, August 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Ford Field)
The Line: Detroit Lions -4 -- Over/Under: 36 See the Latest Odds
TV: Local Coverage
The Detroit Lions and the New York Jets meet on Friday as they kick off their 2013 NFL preseasons in the Motor City.
The Detroit Lions were a playoff team two years back but regressed last season, but are hoping to move forward once again this year. QB Matthew Stafford has been able to stay healthy the past two seasons and he puts up big numbers, but if he does get dinged up, the options are Shaun Hill, Kellen Moore, and Thad Lewis, who all could see action in this game. Detroit addressed their lack of a running game by signing Reggie Bush and with Mikel Leshoure healthy, they could have the problem solved, but they are hoping Joique and Theo Riddick step up as well. Calvin Johnson may be the best receiver in the NFL, but Nate Burleson hasn’t proved to be good enough as the number two so the Lions are hoping Ryan Broyles, Mike Thomas, Devin Thomas or one of the many WR’s they are carrying right now can emerge as a solid threat. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew is the second best receiving target on the team and Tony Scheffler has proven capable but he will be challenged by John Fauria and Michael Williams.
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Defensively, it is a new look for the Lions at the ends as Jason Jones and Ezekiel Ansah take over, while Nick Fairley and Ndamakung Suh are monsters in the middle on the DL, but the Lions also grabbed Israel Idonije and they have C.J. Mosley, Devin Taylor and several others capable of stepping up. DeAndre Levy, Stephen Tulloch, and Ashlee Palmer start at linebacker and they will be tested, while Chris Houston and Bill Bentley are the corners and Glover Quin and Louis Delmas are the safeties. There should be plenty of action by the backups at both linebacker and in the secondary as these are guys who, if they make the roster will get chances to play and earn more playing time as the Lions defense is the weaker of their two units.
The New York Jets open their preseason on the road and that is probably a good thing because of the scrutiny surrounding the QB position and the team in general. Mark Sanchez is the incumbent at QB, but his troubles have been well documented and with the drafting of Geno Smith, he is the likely one the crowd will be calling for, though Matt Simms and Greg McElroy have more experience with the offense. It’s a new backfield for the Jets, with Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson joining mainstays Billal Powell and Joe McKinight at a position which has been equally disappointing for the Jets. In all fairness to Sanchez, he hasn’t been given much to work with at wide receiver as Santonio Holmes is overrated and Stephen Hill was a reach in the draft, playing in an option offense in college and with the backups being Jeremy Kerley, Jordan White, Clyde Gates, Titus Ryan and others, it just isn’t much to work with. Dustin Keller is gone a tight end so the Jets have downgraded to Jeff Cumberland with Kellen Winslow trying to find something left from what has looked like an empty tank.
Having an offense that continually puts them in bad spots makes the Jets defense usually look even worse than they are, which isn’t very good to begin with. Muhammed Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson are the ends and Antonio Garay plays the nose, while Jake McDonough and Tevita Finau are among the not so memorable backups. The New York linebacking group is led by David Harris with DeMario Davis, Antwan Barnes and lifetime underachiever Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace, Ricky Sapp and Nick Bellore among the backups. The Jets traded away their best player on the team, Derelle Revis, and they will try and replace him with rookie Dee Milner who is likely in for some long Sundays this fall,while Antonio Cromartie plays the other corner and coverage liability Dawan Landry is at strong safety and Josh Bush plays free safety, though Antonio Allen, Isaiah Trufant, Ellis Lankster, among others, will do their best to make the team and contribute.
The Jets are a mess and a team with QB controversies usually means no one is good enough to just win the job, and that's the case with the Jets. As we look at New York’s supporting cast, it just gets worse. Detroit has their fair share of weaknesses, but they should destroy the Jets here in a fairly strong play.