The NFL preseason isn’t exactly the most thrilling football in the world, but if there’s one game that usually matters, it’s preseason matchup No. 3.

That’s typically when most of the projected starters play for a while before the backups get reps, as will likely be the case in Friday’s game between the New England Patriots and Detroit Lions.

Hear Patriots beat writer Doug Kyed preview the upcoming matchup and more in the video from “NESN Sports Today,” presented by People’s United Bank, above.