Found August 07, 2013 on Football Nation:
These two teams struggled last year and they’re trying to improve big time this year. It will take some time to find out if that happens, but there is a chance for them to show us a preview this Friday.As the New York Jets march into Ford Field to go up against the Detroit Lions for their first preseason game, there will be five things to look out for.First thing to look out for is the defense for both teams. Both the Jets' and Lions' defenses had their problems last year. The Lions were 13th overall on defense. The Jets were eighth overall, but only 25th in rushing defense. The Jets were second overall in passing defense, but they lost a major piece in their passing defense when they traded away Darrelle Revis.Both the Lions and Jets lost key pieces on defense. The Lions lost three defensive ends: Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Lawrence Jackson. They also lost linebacker Justin Durant. While the Jets also lost linebacker Bart Scott, defensive end Mike DeVito and safety ...
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