The Patriots struggled in a big way last night against the Detroit Lions. Tom Brady wasn’t bad, but an interception prevented his stats line from looking good by any stretch and the lack of a touchdown pass is very uncharacteristic.
The Patriots offense was without Danny Amendola, and that was bound to hurt the team’s productivity. Amendola has taken the role of Tom Brady’s safety blanket, and without him, the Patriots were never able to find their rhythm on offense.
Then again, three lost fumbles will tend to kill any offensive productions. It was a sloppy game for the Patriots, but that doesn’t mean the Lions deserved no credit. For their part, especially on defense, they simply outplayed the Patriots.
The Patriots’ defense is by no means an elite unit, so we need to take the Lions’ offensive performance with a grain of salt. Matthew Stafford was good, not great. The Lions were able to run the ball with some success, and Reggie Bush is quite clearly going to be a weapon in t...