Lions vs. Bills: 5 things to watch for in preseason opener

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Jared Goff, Detroit Lions

Jared Goff #16 of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Detroit Lions will kickstart their preseason against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field on Friday night. The kick-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. EDT. For many fans, this will be the first time they’ll get to see their new-look team in action.

New head coach Dan Campbell has said that the starters are expected to play for at least a quarter. With that in mind, here are five things we’re looking forward to seeing in the preseason opener.

Jared Goff. Period.

Make no mistake. Of all the changes made this offseason, the most impactful one was under center. The Lions’ new regime traded quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for Jared Goff and a trio of high draft picks.

From all accounts, Goff is having a good training camp and we want to see that narrative continue in the team’s preseason opener against the Bills. We also want to see how well he implements new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn’s scheme and would love to see it result in points on the board.

But most importantly, we’d like to see this group having success moving the chains on a consistent basis and being efficient in the red zone. Winning the exhibition isn’t necessary, but showing progress and potential that builds fan faith is.

You have to start off the Jared Goff era in Detroit right.

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