By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN
Detroit Lions 26 – 10 New England Patriots
After two pretty awful looking games, the Lions were facing the New England Patriots. Exactly what the doctor did NOT order.
The Patriots were coming off of a loss to Jacksonville on the road and the word was that quarterback Tom Brady was irritated. And that’s never a good sign. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah was ruled out for the game. Cornerback Darius Slay‘s status was unsure going into the game due to an injury from last week.
The Patriots were also dealing with some injuries of their own. Safety Patrick Chung, CB Eric Rowe, and defensive lineman Trey Flowers were all out for the game. So, the Lions actually had a chance. Slim, but still a chance. It was amazing, actually, once the game got started to see what was taking place.
Rookie running back Kerryon Johnson was actually getting some touches, and able to run effectively. The offensive line was creating holes. The defense was stepping up and holding the Patriots to 3 and outs. And most importantly, keeping Tom Brady on the sideline.
The only downside was that the Lions kept kicking field goals. If you want to beat the Patriots, you need touchdowns. But then, there was a turning point with about 3:47 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. QB Matthew Stafford found wide receiver Marvin Jones, Jr. in the end zone for a touchdown to put the Lions up 20-10.
— NFL (@NFL) September 24, 2018
That seemed to take even more steam out of the Patriots and gave the Lions even more momentum. Also, the “Kerryon Watch” was on. Most people know that the Lions haven’t had a 100-yard rusher since 2013. FIVE Years. 70 games later, it happened. Kerryon Johnson rushed for 101 yards. By this time, the sideline was starting to get excited, and so were the fans. But it was a cautious optimism.
The Lions and their fans have had their hearts ripped out more than once. So, while people were excited, they were cautious. Then, Slay sealed the deal with an interception. In the end, the Lions came away with their much needed 1st win of the Matt Patrica era.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 24, 2018
This is the spot where I usually do my King of the Pride and not King of the Pride. This week, I’m only doing King of The Pride. Let’s still enjoy the moment!
The Offensive Line: They usually don’t get too much love, but Sunday night they deserved it. They played very well. Blocked well for the run game and were able to protect Stafford.
Matthew Stafford has been sacked on just 2.2% of pass attempts (3/138) this season… best in the NFL
The League Avg is 6.6%
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) September 24, 2018
Kerryon Johnson: The Lions first 100-yard rusher since 2013. And this is Week 3. If the line keeps blocking the way they do, it may not be five years before that happens again.
The Defense: Held New England to only 209 yards total for the game.
This was the most complete game that the Lions have played in a very long time. It’s what fans were excited for when Matt Patricia was announced as the new Head Coach. It’s starting to come together. It’s a long road, but it seems that the Lions have taken the first, very big step.
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