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The starting offense was suspect, but the defense stifling.
Just how you drew up the Detroit Lions’ dress rehearsal, right?
Detroit forced four first-half turnovers Thursday night en route to a commanding 40-9 rout of the New England Patriots. The throttling was reminiscent of a 2011 preseason game between the clubs, although it wasn’t the Lions’ offense doing the damage this time.
Lions roll Patriots in third preseason game
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press
Coach Jim Schwartz seemed remarkably subdued following the Detroit Lions 40-9 win over the New England Patriots.
Yes, it was the preseason, still it was a big win.
Schwartz and the team know they still have a long way to go before the regular season opener on Sept. 8.
“We can do a lot of different things better,’’ Schwartz said.
Lions beat Patriots but dare not stand pat
Drew Sharp – Detroit Free Press
The Lions enjoy making statements in August.
And what exactly does this 40-9 romp over New England prove?
Are the Patriots suddenly no longer Super Bowl-worthy, looking as bad they did against the Lions? Are the Lions suddenly a team deserving of being taken more seriously, after driving Tom Brady crazy with their impressive defensive assault?
It further proves that the preseason is whatever you want it to be at any given moment — important to those unsure of what they are, irrelevant to those with an already ingrained identity.
This performance was definitely a much closer reflection of what the Lions are — capable of the mind-blowing and mind-numbing in quick succession.
Tim Tebow relegated to sidelines as Lions rout Patriots
David Cassilo – USA TODAY Sports
Bill Belichick was his regular tight-lipped self about leaving Tebow on the sidelines, saying he didn’t enter the game “because we played two quarterbacks.”
Tom Brady started the game and played the entire first half for the Patriots. Ryan Mallett began the third quarter and finished things off.
Under both quarterbacks, the offense sputtered against Detroit. The Patriots turned the ball over four times and did not score a touchdown until their final possession.