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Lions Squash Pats: Thanksgiving Day Revenge

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Just when you thought the Patriots were on top of their game before the start of the regular season they get blindsided by the “Silver Crush.” Lions’ Defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham dialed up the blitz early and often in the 34-10 win over the Patriots. Tom Brady was sacked twice by Lions’ defensive end Cliff Avril and was constantly being pressured throughout the game. Brady, looking un-Brady like threw for an interception and barely completed more than half of his throws. “We didn’t do anything well,” Coach Belichick said. “We didn’t throw it, didn’t catch it, didn’t block, didn’t tackle, didn’t cover, didn’t return. It’s a long list. Didn’t coach.”  They also forgot to give credit where it was due and despite the fact that New England may have slept on the former 6-10 team or slept too much on the flight in to Detroit, they were still outplayed in every phase of the game.  The Patriots should be thanking the Lions for not running up the score on them because they were in the right position to do so! Mathew Stafford looked brilliant completing 12 out of 14 passes while connecting with Nate Bureleson and Tony Scheffler for two scores. As a Patriots fan, you have to be a little concerned about the lopsided loss, the cornerback play was amateur at best and needs to be addressed going forward. The Lions executed their game plan well and were clearly more anxious to take the field than the Patriots were, which set the tone of the game. Still, that’s not a good excuse to play so poorly, especially as a Patriot.  Look for Bill Belichick to motivate his team to get back on track as they'll take on the twelve point underdogs from Super Bowl XLII (The New York Giants) in their last and final preseason game. Hopefully the Patriots will take this last preseason game a little more serious heading into their season opener against the Dolphins.