Kickoff is at 1 p.m. today for the Detroit Lions (2-1) at the N.Y. Jets (1-2) at MetLife Stadium.
Here are five Lions to watch:
1. Tight end Eric Ebron is expected to see more action with Joe Fauria out with an injured ankle. Ebron has been third on the depth chart at tight end and has just three catches in his first three games. It’s not that the coaches have been disappointed in him, it’s just that there’s only one football. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said this week that he’s blocking better than most people thought he would. Lombardi also expects big production out of him eventually.
2. Safety James Ihedigbo will play in his first game for the Lions. The hard-hitting veteran was impressive in training camp and the preseason. Wouldn’t be surprising to see him become a fan favorite. He should start today although coach Jim Caldwell would not confirm that he would earlier in the week. Isa Abdul-Quddus stepped in and played well in Ihedigbo’s absence.
3. Kicker Alex Henery has taken over for rookie Nate Freese who got off to a slow start (three-of-seven in field goals). Henery, who played the last three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, has had success at MetLife Stadium where he was five-for-five in field goals in a Week 5 game there last season from 40, 27, 29, 36 and 41 yards.
4. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead will start in the middle in place of Stephen Tulloch who is out for the season after tearing up his knee in the win over the Packers. Whitehead will have the microphone in his helmet and get the defense set for each play. He’s confident and so are his coaches. He played well after Tulloch’s injury last week.
5. Linebacker DeAndre Levy has been on fire in the first three game. Why watch him? Because it’s amazing how much of the field he covers.