A few things to remember just before kickoffs today (or Monday night)...With all of the talk regarding QB Matthew Stafford and the DT Ndamukong Suh-led defense, one aspect of the Lions’ recent revival that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention has been the Detroit’s running game, which got off to a slow start last season but has been hot ever since. The Lions’ offense was very balanced last week at Tampa (35 attempts for 126 yards, 33 pass plays) and if the Chiefs have the same problem stopping the run as they did last week against the Bills, it could be a long day for Todd Haley’s team…<!--more-->Much of the discussion in Foxborough later this afternoon will be about the battle between Pro Bowl QBs Philip Rivers and Tom Brady. But keep an eye on the middle of the field when the Patriots have the ball as Dan Connolly takes over at center for injured C Dan Koppen. The athletic blocker, known best for his 71-yard kickoff return last December against the Packers, will have to deal with emerging Chargers’ NT Antonio Garay…For the second straight week, Steve Spagnuolo faces a former employer in the Giants, where he was defensive coordinator from 2007-08 and helped architect New York’s improbable upset of the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. The Rams’ defense totaled 3 sacks and was credited with 11 quarterback hits in last week’s loss to QB Michael Vick and the Eagles and is expected to get after QB Eli Manning (sacked 4 times vs. Redskins)…