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The Roar: Sunday Night Football in Motown

Game Information:

The New England Patriots (1-1) visit the Motor City to face the Detroit Lions (0-2) on Sunday Night Football @ Ford Field.

You can catch the action on NBC and/or on WJR-AM 760 in Detroit.

Kickoff is set for 8:20 PM ET.

Briefing:

Image result for matt patricia detroit lionsLions’ Head Coach Matt Patricia knows Tom Brady and Patriots’ Head Coach Bill Belichick from time spent in New England, but they also know him.

Regardless, nobody on either sideline is happy coming into this game as both teams lost last Sunday.

New England dropped a 31-20 decision to the Jaguars in Jacksonville while the Lions dropped to the 49ers in San Francisco, 30-27.

Brady and his offense put up 302 total yards, 82 of them on the ground while the other 220 went through the air.

23-year-old rookie Sony Michel led the running attack for the Patriots with 10 carries for 34 yards. James White was the leading receiver with seven grabs for 73 yards.

Defensively, the Patriots allowed 480 total yards. 104 of those were rushing yards and 376 passing yards.

27 first downs were yielded, 10 came on third down.

Matthew Stafford and company made a late push on the West Coast, but to no avail.

No. 9’s offense collected 427 total yards, 98 on the ground and 329 through the air.

The presences of Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay loomed large as they collectively snatched 13 passes for 198 yards. 21-year-old rookie Kerryon Johnson rumbled for 43 yards on eight carries. LeGarrette Blount, prior to his ejection, ran for 38 yards on eight attempts.

Detroit’s defense allowed 346 total yards, an astounding 190 went on the ground as 156 of them were passing yards.

Injury Report:

Image result for ziggy ansah detroit lionsOL Marcus Cannon (calf), newcomer WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), DB Keion Crossen (hamstring), DB Nate Ebner (hip) and DB Eric Rowe (groin) are questionable for New England.

S Patrick Chung and DE Trey Flowers are doubtful with concussions.

TE Jacob Hollister is out with a chest injury.

DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder), CB Darius Slay (concussion), LB Eli Harold (hip), G T.J. Lang (back), WR Marvin Jones Jr. (ankle) and TE Michael Roberts (knee) are all listed as questionable for the matchup.

Ansah and Lang were out last week, but lightly practiced this week.

Prediction:

An offensive shootout ends in favor of New England, 42-35.

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