Could the Lions be "tricked" into allowing a big play or two on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders?
With how bad the Lions' defense has been through seven games (allowing a near-NFL-worst 420.4 yard per game), it definitely could happen.
And if it does, the culprit -- at least when it comes to the Raiders' passing game -- likely will be Oakland quarterback Derek Carr's go-to target Tyrell Williams.
The fifth-year wideout has become a touchdown magnet.
Williams, who sat out two weeks while nursing plantar fasciitis, returned in Week 8 with a vengeance.
The Western Oregon product finished with three catches for 91 yards and a score in the Raiders' 27-24 loss to the Houston Texans.
It marked Williams' fifth TD in as many games to open up his 2019 campaign, and matched his TD total from a season ago when he was a member of the Los Angeles Chargers.
In his final season with the Chargers, he hauled in 41 balls for 653 yards -- to go along with the five scores -- in 16 games.
In the midst of his first season with the Raiders, he's on pace for a career year.
His current career-high for TDs in a season came in 2016 -- his second year in the league -- when he posted seven TD receptions as a member of the then-San Diego Chargers.
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If Williams stays healthy the rest of this season, he will easily set a new career-high in that department.
And with the depleted state of the Lions' secondary, he should be expected to add to his total on Sunday in Oakland.
The Lions go into the Week 9 matchup with safety Tracy Walker, a non-participant in practice both Wednesday and Thursday, looking like he's not going to play due to a knee injury.
Meanwhile, rookie cornerback Amani Oruwariye and veteran corner Darius Slay are both battling injuries -- a knee and hamstring ailment, respectively -- and were limited participants in practice Wednesday and Thursday.
Add all that up with the fact that Giants rookie passer Daniel Jones lit up the Detroit secondary to the tune of 322 yards and four TDs a week ago, and you have a recipe for disaster for Matt Patricia & Co. come Sunday.
If Walker and Slay are each unable to go, expect Williams to carve up the Lions' corners and safeties.
Vito's prediction for Williams' final stat line:
Four catches for 65 yards and a score