With the Patriots visiting the Lions tonight in a nationally televised preseason game (CBS, 8 p.m.), the top areas of interest from this perspective are dissected in a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com:
1. Albert Haynesworth debut?
2. Shaun Ellis' role on defense ... if he plays.
3. Interior offensive line & pass protection.
4. More from Brandon Meriweather at safety.
5. Conditioning and playing into the third quarter.
6. Chad Ochocinco's progression in the offense.
7. Stephen Gostkowski and kickoffs.
8. Second-round picks on the field?
What are your top areas of interest tonight? Share your thoughts in the comments section of this blog entry.