Detroit Lions (1-2) vs. New England Patriots (1-2): 26-10
Open to all the winds in defense and awkward in attack for two weeks, the Lions turned Sunday night for the reception of the Patriots. Detroit monopolized the ball for more than 39 minutes, thanks in particular to a Kerryon Johnson (16 races, 101 yards) who was the first Lions runner to pass the 100-yard mark since 2013! The defense has limited Tom Brady (14/26, 133 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) and his attack to only 209 yards total.
The Lions set the tone early in the game, denying their opponents’ first downs on their first three offensive series. Sony Michel (14 races, 50 yards) broke his teeth on the opposing defense. Brady, with only three receivers in uniform, had few options, and no real threat in depth. Josh Gordon was not on the field because of an injury to an ischemia. Meanwhile, Detroit started the game with a field goal, a touchdown thrown by Matt Stafford (27/36, 262 yards, 2 TDs, 1 int) to Kenny Golladay (6 rec, 53 yards, 1 TD) then another kick. Stephen Gostkowski finally released the Patriots counter just before the break (13-3), while New England only saw the ball for eight minutes in the first half of the match. You can watch New England Patriots live stream free match from here.
A short moment of hope
Returning from the locker room, an interception of Stafford immediately followed by a touchdown of James White (13-10) seemed to revive the visitors. But the same Stafford responded very well with a 33-yard pass to send Marvin Jones into the end zone (20-10).
This is the first time since 2002 that the Patriots lost two games in a row by a gap of more than 10 points. Above all, the defense quickly set the lock, forcing two punts, a forced interception to a Philip Dorsett covered by two defenders, and finally a fourth attempt failure while Matt Prater added two field goals (26-10). You can get more information Lions Beat Patriots 26-10 On Sunday Night Football in here.
The Lions are finally awake and they do not count so much delay on Vikings (1-1-1) and Packers (1-1-1) surprised Sunday. On the side of New England, the questions remain the same on the side of attack and defense. It really will be necessary that Josh Gordon brings a solution in the depth and that the defense is more solid.