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Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018: 1 thing we want to see from Friday’s game

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What are you hoping to see from the team in their dress rehearsal?

NFL: Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

To say that Detroit Lions fans haven’t seen what they’ve wanted out of the preseason would be an understatement. Yes, they’ve stayed relatively healthy throughout the exhibition season (knock on wood), and that’s ultimately the most important thing, but the team has done little to inspire faith or build excitement after two convincing losses to the Giants and Raiders.

But Friday presents an opportunity to put those games in the past. The third preseason game against the Buccaneers will most closely resemble a regular season game in its preparation, game-planning and talent on the field. While we don’t know how long the starters will be out there, chances are pretty good it’ll be around a full half.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

What is one thing you want to see from the Lions on Friday night?

My answer: I’m going to keep it very simple for both sides of the ball. I want to see a first-team touchdown on offense. I don’t care how they get it. I don’t care if it’s a running play or a passing play. I just want to see a sustained drive from Matthew Stafford against the Buccaneers that ends in six.

On defense, my answer is even more simple: a sack. I’m not panicking over Detroit being the only team without a sack this preseason, but isn’t that also the least surprising fact to learn about this team right now? I need someone—preferably Devon Kennard or Ezekiel Ansah—to get to Jameis Winston and take him down for a loss. Even if it’s only one, it’ll be nice to get that microscopic monkey off the team’s back.

Your turn.