Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  By DAVE DYE  |  Last updated 8/21/13

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms ups against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
It's the third exhibition game, which means more playing time for the starters, the closest the preseason comes to simulating the regular season. The Detroit Lions take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Thursday night at Ford Field. The Lions would like to see the first-team offense come to life and score its first touchdown of the preseason while the defense needs to upgrade its tackling from last week's lazy loss at Cleveland. Here are five storylines to follow: 1. Two years ago, the Lions used this third preseason game as a springboard to a 10-win, playoff season by routing the Patriots, 34-10, at home. "I definitely think it gave us some momentum for sure," left guard Rob Sims said. "They've been a great team over the last decade. Whenever you can play somebody that's going to go deep in the playoffs every single year, yeah, it was a good feeling. "I don't think it dictates how the season is going to go either way, but it definitely does not hurt." Could there a l...
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