Tom Brady was 16-24 for 185 yards and no touchdowns in the first half verse Detroit. He was sacked twice by the vaunted defensive line, and threw an interception. In all, the Detroit Lions forced four first half turnovers, while they stymied the Patriots offense. Tom Brady looked uncomfortable in the pocket. It felt like they were going against the Ravens' defense.
One good thing to note for New England is that Danny Amendola did not play in tonight’s game. Last week he really made an impact on the game, and he looks like a difference maker in 2013. It’s in the Patriots best interest to keep Amendola healthy all year.
Offensively, Detroit did some nice things, but they left too many points off the board. Even though the Lions forced all of those turnovers, Detroit only scored 16 points in the first half.
This is the type of effort that Detroit can build on for the regular season. If they are able dominate up front, Detroit’s main concern will be scoring in the red zone.
Reggie Bush showed off his versatility with five catches for 103 yards. However, Bush struggled in the run game mightily.
One of Top 10+1 all time favorite quarterbacks, Kellen Moore received playing time in the second half and threw two touchdowns for the Lions. He completed 9-12 passes for 150 yards.
Ryan Mallett played mop up duty for the Patriots as well, and threw one touchdown. He completed 50 percent of his passes.
Unfortunately, for Tebow fans and detractors alike, the Gators’ Heisman trophy winner did not see the field for the New England Patriots. Is the writing on the wall, or will he get the bulk of the snaps in the fourth preseason game? Either way, Tim Tebow's time may be up in New England.
The final score was Detroit 40-9 over New England.
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