Detroit Lions Beat Tom Brady, New England Patriots 26-10
After a rocky start to the season, the Lions rebounded in a huge way.
Matthew Stafford threw four interceptions through the first two games of the season and turned over a fifth time on a fumble against the San Fransisco 49ers in week 2. He hadn’t resembled the Stafford we’ve grown to watch over the past four years, and it was troubling to many fans.
Stafford has missed multiple receivers down the field for either touchdowns or huge games, which was especially shocking after being the second best Quarterback last year at throwing down the field.
The defense had been getting stomped, quite literally, out of each stadium the first two weeks. Week 1, the defense allowed Isaiah Crowell and the New York Jets to run for 169 yards. Crowell had 102 yards rushing, along with 2 touchdowns on the ground.
In week 2, the 49ers were allowed to run for 190 yards. Running back Matt Breida rushed for 138 yards, with his longest run of 66 yards in the second half.
After the first two weeks, the Lions were the 30th ranked run defense in the league; only ahead of the Pittsburg Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals.
It was a completely different story against the New England Patriots in week 3.
Stafford completed 75 percent of his passes, throwing for 262 yards and two touchdowns; including hitting Marvin Jones on a deep touchdown after Jones beat corner Stephen Gilmore on a crossing route. He did throw one interception on the opening possession of the second half, when he under-threw tight end Luke Wilson on a post route, but bounced back the next possession and scored a touchdown.
The Lions defense as a whole was incredible, which is obvious from looking at the score.
The run defense looked like a completely different team, only allowing 89 yards on the ground. Starting running back Sony Michel only averaged 3.5 yards a carry on 14 touches.
The greatest Quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, was held in check all game. Brady completed only 14 passes for 133 yards. He had one beautiful touchdown pass to James White on a wheel route out of the backfield but was quiet outside of that.
Cornerback Darius Slay picked off Brady late in the game when he high pointed a deep ball to Phillip Dorsett. Slay showed off his incredible ball skills, as he looked like the receiver on the play.
The most exciting news to all Lions fans was, of course, the performance by rookie running back Kerryon Johnson.
After five long and dreadful years, 1,760 days, and 70 regular season games, the Lions finally had a 100-yard rusher; and it was Johnson.
Johnson rushed for 101 yards (yes, just one yard over the century mark) on 16 carries, averaging 6.3 yards a carry. The reaction and celebration from fellow running backs Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount is something Lions fans should remember for a long time.
However, the 100-yard rusher streak-breaking was not the most impressive thing to happen yesterday.
The Patriots had 120 total passing yards…
The Detroit Lions had 159… RUSHING YARDS.
The Lions, a team that has been so horrifically bad at running the ball, a team that has been absolutely dreadful in the secondary through 2 weeks, ran for more yards than Brady did throwing.
That's remarkable and truly amazing.
Matt Patricia got his first win against his former team, and boy, was it such a great win.
Patricia will now be expected to get the Lions prepared to beat a struggling Dallas Cowboys team in week 4.
Oh, and did I say the Lions just had a 100-yard rusher?