Detroit Lions: A depleted secondary will be put to the test in week two

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The Detroit Lions secondary has their work cut out for them on Sunday, hoping to contain Davante Adams.

It is a Detroit Lions defense heading into week two minus their top two cornerbacks.  With Justin Coleman out and Desmond Trufant limited in Sunday’s tilt with the rival Green Bay Packers, leaving many of us to wonder; how will this Lions secondary hold up against Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams?

Rodgers and company torched the young corners Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings sent out onto the football field in week one. Matt LaFleur’s balanced offense has the potential to accomplish the same thing in week two against a depleted Detroit Lions secondary.

In week one, Rodgers tossed 364 yards and four touchdowns.  Adams corralled a whopping 14 balls totaling 156 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

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Heading into this matchup, Lions head coach Matt Patricia certainly hoped to shadow Adams with the team’s top outside corner in Trufant. Unfortunately, Trufant is nicked-up and it looks like Adams may draw either Jeff Okudah, who will be making his first career start after being selected with the third overall pick just a few short months ago.

The other option the Detroit Lions have is using the second-year corner Amani Oruwariye to shadow Adams if they so choose that route if Trufant is indeed on a pitch-count.  Regardless, the Detroit Lions will be rolling safety help over the top of Adams all day long, and still, I’m not convinced it will be enough.

Detroit will also be without the versatile veteran corner Darryl Roberts who can play both inside and out.  The Lions recently signed Chris Jones from the Arizona Cardinals practice squad; Jones spent time with the Lions in 2018, he will be asked to step right in and play a significant role on the Detroit defense right away.  Tony McRae will try and replace Coleman in the slot, but all of these matchups are very concerning heading into Sunday.

Not only will the Lions try and defend Adams, but Green Bay will also send out the big, physical Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (MVS) along with the sensational Aaron Jones working out of the backfield.

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Both Lazard and MVS caught touchdown passes in week one.