Golden Tate vs. Buster Skrine
Skrine’s matchup with elite slot receiver Golden Tate is going to be key in this game. The two have only met once before - in 2011, when Skrine was a Browns rookie and Tate was a second-year Seahawk. Tate caught his only target matched up against Skrine, an eleven-yard first down.
Way back in this time period, the Browns had better uniforms than the Seahawks. What a world it was.
Matt Stafford & Golden Tate vs. the 2014 Jets
The last meeting between these two teams was in Week 4 of 2014, when the Lions took a 24-17 win at MetLife to move to 3-1 and drop the Jets to 1-3. Stafford threw for 293 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions, adding a rushing score. Tate caught 8 passes for 116 yards.
Here’s a clip that should bring back some not-so-fond memories. Tate schools David Harris 1-on-1 out of the slot, and then breezes by a whiffing Calvin Pryor.
Isaiah Crowell vs. the 2017 Lions
Crowell met up with the Lions for the first time last season, gaining 90 yards on the ground over 16 carries (5.6 yards per attempt) and scoring one touchdown.
Here’s an impressive 21-yard run from Crowell in that game. On the second level, he eludes star safety Glover Quin.
Trumaine Johnson vs. Golden Tate
Johnson and Tate have faced one another five times in their careers - as they both played in the NFC West from 2012-13. Here, Johnson wins a jump ball against Tate in the end zone.
Leonard Williams vs. Ricky Wagner
Williams has already met face-to-face with one of the five starting linemen he’ll see Monday night; current Lions and former Ravens right tackle Ricky Wagner. When the Jets defeated the Ravens back in 2016, Williams beat Wagner twice for impact plays, once for a stuff in the run game and another time for a hit on Joe Flacco forcing an incomplete pass, seen below.