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5 Takeaways From Detroit Lions’ Week 3 Preseason Win

5 Takeaways From Detroit Lions' Week 3 Preseason Win

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In the Detroit Lions' Week 3 preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Lions gave a similar performance to that of their Week 1 win against the Cleveland Browns. The Lions are still struggling to score and penalties continue to plague this team, but it's evident that Detroit can still be a solid contender in the NFC North. Here are five takeaways from the team's Week 3 win.

5. The Defensive Line Showed Up

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5. The Defensive Line Showed Up

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Maligned all preseason long, the defensive line, led by Ndamukong Suh and George Johnson, finally showed their potential and disrupted both the running game and the pass protection of Jacksonville. Detroit held Jacksonville's Toby Gerhart to 32 yards on 10 carries and recorded two of their six sacks, one by Devin Taylor and one by Johnson.

4. The Running Game Was Effective

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4. The Running Game Was Effective

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After averaging just two yards per carry against the Oakland Raiders, Detroit's running game exploded 178 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns. Reggie Bush's 86-yard touchdown got things off to a good start while Joique Bell also had a solid outing with 24 yards on seven carries.

3. Detroit's Penalty Issues Have Not Been Resolved

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3. Detroit's Penalty Issues Have Not Been Resolved

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In each of their preseason games, the Lions' penalty count has risen. After committing five in Week 1 and 11 in Week 2, Detroit recorded 15 penalties in Week 3. Detroit had problems all last year with penalties and undisciplined play, and it looks like nothing has changed so far.

2. Matthew Stafford Still Has Room To Improve

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2. Matthew Stafford Still Has Room To Improve

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After looking solid in his previous two contests, Matthew Stafford struggled early and often last night. Stafford started just 1 for 5 and threw a boneheaded interception to Andre Branch after not recognizing a zone blitz. Stafford completed 10 of 16 passes for 98 yards, but he continued to show bad signs the undisciplined play that plagued him all last season.

1. The Pass Defense Didn't Get Any Better

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1. The Pass Defense Didn't Get Any Better

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Detroit's secondary still has plenty of issues to fix before the regular season begins. The Lions consistently gave up big plays to a mediocre Jacksonville receiving corps filled with rookies. They couldn't stop undrafted free agent Allen Hurns, who recorded seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. If the secondary can't handle Hurns, then Detroit will struggle against the likes of Jordy Nelson and Brandon Marshall.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.