Will the Detroit Lions offense have the defense ready?

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Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions defense has spent training camp only lining up against their own offense. Will that be enough to have them ready?

The Detroit Lions are just over a week away from their season opener against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field.  In just over a week we will see what general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia have created.

Each season holds anticipation and even hope for many fans. This season will hold many questions since no one really knows what we will get.

That’s a league-wide thought process. We all saw what the Lions did in free agency and the draft, but no one saw any offseason activities and without any preseason games, no one has seen their team in game situations yet either.

Not until the opener when the games will count. When the games will be a little sloppy because of the lack of practice time and exhibition games to work some of the rust out.

We’re all heading into this season blind. All we have to go on are reports out of training camp. No real opportunities to formulate any opinions of our own.

This year we will be served up a heaping helping of Lions surprise. Regardless of whether you believe these Motor City Cats will compete or fail, the sheer fact that we have been so isolated from this team means they will do things that surprise us. For the good or bad.

Like most of the fans and media that follow the Lions, the question we are all searching for the answer to is; will the defense be improved enough to compete? That is the key question for the season.

It seems to be a good bet that if the defense actually executes the way Matt Patricia expects them to, the Lions will be competitive and play ‘meaningful games in December’ as the mandate from ownership has decreed they must.

If the defense can’t perform as expected then the shadows of last season will again haunt our Sundays and the season could be lost before we know it. And both Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia could find their heads on the chopping block.