Originally posted on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 8/22/13
The answer: fumble, punt, fumble, interception, fumble. The question, of course: how did the Patriots’ first five drives end Thursday night in Detroit? This from a team tied for the second fewest giveaways in the league in 2012. The Pats couldn’t get out of their own way in the first half and turnovers weren’t the only issue. The Lions’ defensive line ran roughshod over the Patriots’ offensive front, stonewalling the rush game and applying constant pressure on Brady when he dropped back to pass. Brady did not return for the second half, finishing the night 16-for-24 for 185 yards, with an interception, two sacks and a preseason low 72.4 quarterback rating. The first drive started off well for New England, as Brady went 4-4 and the Pats marched 70 yards in eight plays before tight end Zack Sudfeld coughed up a long completion over the middle on the Lions’ five yard line. If the Pats’ O started well before stumbling near the goal line, the defense did the opposite. New England gave up...
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