Watch Local 4 for special pre- and post-game coverage all Sunday night. The Patriots actually looked worse on their second drive. New England is 45-6 after a loss since the 2003 season, last dropping back-to-back regular-season games in 2015. Through the first two quarters, the Patriots averaged 1.9 yards per carry. In the opening frame, the Patriots were outgained in yards, 126-to-5.
Usually, the Patriots can outscore teams with that type of bend-but-don't-break D. Not so this time. It was the fewest passing yards Brady has had (133) that he's played the entire game in since 2003 when he had 116 yards in a 27-17 win over the Dolphins.
And in fairness to Detroit - it's reported that Gronkowski would have nixed a deal to play anywhere other than with Tom Brady and the Patriots.
One of the hallmarks of Belichick's teams over the years has been that they don't beat themselves, but the 2018 edition has yet to prove it can live up to that standard.
The Patriots already know they'll be without three players for Week 3 - Trey Flowers, Eric Rowe and Patrick Chung have already been ruled out. At corner, they went with Stephon Gilmore and Jason McCourty. He didn't see much action the remainder of the game. The Lions enter Sunday with an 0-2 record. We've got to get off the field on third downs. The running back scored New England's lone touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Brady and finished with 51 yards from scrimmage on seven touches.
Does that mean the Patriots did something shady to steal the call? Against one of the worst defenses in football through two weeks, Brady must have felt like he had to be flawless. Detroit's 70-game stretch without a 100-yard rusher was the longest since the NFL-AFL merger.
"He had a great catch and some great runs there at the end for us", Brady said during his postgame news conference when asked if White should be more involved. It didn't happen for the Patriots defense almost often enough on Sunday night, but briefly, at the start of the the third quarter, that unit caught a gust of momentum.
It was a toss to LeGarrette Blount.