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Friday open thread: Which Lions player is in for a big game vs. Patriots?

Who do you think could show up big on Sunday Night Football?

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We’re two weeks into the 2018 season, and the Detroit Lions are already in a desperate situation. They’re 0-2, the rest of the division has already notched a win each and are facing fortunate matchups in Week 3, while the Lions are forced to face the New England Patriots.

With little hope on the horizon for this season, the Lions are looking for a hero. They need someone to step up their game on Sunday night not only to avoid embarrassment on national television for the second time in three weeks, but to give their fans some real hope in the Matt Patricia era, because right now fans are bumming.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Which Lions player could be in for a big game on Sunday night?

My answer; I think it’s time Marvin Jones Jr. returns to 2017 form.

Jones had a career year last season, pulling in career highs in yards (1,101) thanks to six plays of 40+ yards. This year, he has just 108 yards in two games.

Everyone is making a big deal out of Matthew Stafford’s performance last week, specifically his inability to connect with his receivers on deep plays. While that criticism is deserved, there’s little evidence his performance against the 49ers is emblematic of a larger, more long-term problem.

Stafford and Jones will eventually get theirs, and the Patriots provide a someone favorable matchup to do so. Last week, Blake Bortles was able to rack up 376 yards passing and four touchdowns against this Patriots defense, and it looks like New England will be missing two key defenders in safety Patrick Chung and pass rusher Trey Flowers.

No excuses. Now is the time. Let’s get it, Marvin.

Your turn.

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