By Sonja Greenfield//@Mom23RN
Lions fans, the Matt Patricia era has not gotten off to a good start. The veterans are potentially unhappy, injuries are starting to add up, and the run defense has been abysmal. The run game remains troubled at best.
Despite all that, the Lions may have a chance to beat the New England Patriots. Granted, a lot of things would have to go their way, but it could happen.
Despite the Lions 0-2 record, their wide receivers have had their usual production. WR Kenny Golladay even had his first career 100-yard receiving game in that week 1 awfulness that was the Jets game. Combined, the Lions receivers have had over 600 yards receiving these first two games, despite having quarterback Matthew Stafford miss some of them completely at times. Considering last week in Jacksonville the Patriots gave up a little over 370 yards passing, the Lions receivers could flourish this game.
The Lions run game has still been lacking, but the offensive line is getting healthier. The Patriots defensive front has been good, but not great. If this is the case, could this be rookie running back Kerryon Johnson‘s break out game?
As long as the Patriots don’t run the ball, the Lions will be fine! The Lions are at the bottom of the league in run defense. While the run defense isn’t great, the passing defense isn’t faring much better.
It could be a big day for the Patriots offensively. They will have newly acquired WR Josh Gordon and right now, the Lions secondary is a little shaky. Ideally you’d like to see cornerback Darius Slay defending Gordon, unfortunately, he is in the concussion protocol and unsure if he will be cleared to play Sunday Night. If he’s out that will leave either CB Nevin Lawson, Teez Tabor or re-acquired defensive back DeShawn Shead defend him.
There is one pretty bright spot on the Lions defensive front. Rookie defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand does have the most tackles among rookie linemen so far with 10. Add to that, if pass rusher Ziggy Ansah is healthy, the Patriots offense may not have it so easy. But of course, when QB Tom Brady is out there, anything is possible.
— Logan Lamorandier (@LLamorandier) September 20, 2018
While many things have to go right for the Lions to win this, and this is a definite possibility, I still feel that the Patriots come away with the win. I don’t think it will be a blowout, but more of a shootout. Patriots 34-27.
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