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New England Patriots links 9/24/18 - Detroit gives Patriots bad case of the runs

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  • Mike Reiss assesses the wreckage and finds the lack of urgency disturbing: “It might have been the worst half the Patriots have played in the 19-year tenure of head coach Bill Belichick: Three straight three-and-outs on offense, a defense that looked overmatched at times, and a time-of-possession edge for the Lions of 21:26 to 8:34”.
  • Doug Kyed lays out what went wrong in Detroit. 1. Lack of athleticism on defense.
  • Doug Kyed’s Patriots-Lions takeaways and metrics: Pass rush looks atrocious.
  • DJ Bean bluntly recaps the loss: Not much skill from Patriots skill players.
  • Phil Perry gives us his Pats-Lions takeaways: Brady’s frustration evident in loss.
  • Ryan Hannable offers 10 quick thoughts from the brutal loss: 1. This one felt worse than last week against the Jaguars. The Patriots lacked energy on both sides of the ball from the start and the Lions made them pay. ...
  • Karen Guregian states the Patriots will need more than Josh Gordon to fix this mess.
  • Tom E. Curran says that the Patriots’ “gotta play better, gotta coach better” lines never rang more true.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Overreaction Monday: New England Patriots vs Detroit Lions. 1. Everyone was hurt.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots mauled by Lions, 26-10.
  • Chris Blackey (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Patriots: What went wrong in Motown?
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots mauled by Lions, three up and three down.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Depleted defense struggled in loss to Matt Patricia’s Lions.
  • Phil Perry calls out the Patriots run game performance, which hit a low last night.
  • Mark Daniels reports Sony Michel hoped for a better start to his NFL career.
  • Zack Cox notes Tom Brady wants to see more James White. “Guys who can make plays, those are the ones that should be involved, and James is certainly one of them”.
  • Doug Kyed explains why Stephon Gilmore wasn’t to blame for that long touchdown.
  • Doug Kyed points out the issues on defense clearly didn’t start or end with Matt Patricia.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Josh Gordon takes only mental reps in first game with Pats.
  • Zack Cox notes Rob Gronkowski confirmed he squashed any potential trade with threat of retirement. “Brady’s my quarterback. That’s all. I wasn’t going anywhere without Brady.”
  • Mike Cole NFL Rumors: Rob Gronkowski Lions trade would have been only for picks.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Rodney Harrison sees great potential for Josh Gordon with the Patriots.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes.


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots at Lions: Recap, stats, ‘highlights’.
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) Patriots face an early season crisis, but count out Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at your peril.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) How much should you overreact to the Patriots’ 1-2 start?: A helpful guide.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Sunday Night wrap-up: Matthew Stafford leads balanced Lions offense.
  • Around the NFL ( What we learned from Sunday’s Week 3 games: 2. There’s a reason that the Patriots executed a trade for Josh Gordon this week, however embattled the former Browns receiver may be. They are and remain void of a vertical threat and options at wideout.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers from NFL Week 3: The Bills pulled off the biggest upset of the century while the Patriots fell on their faces. Those are just a few of the ways the league made no sense this week.
  • Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) Patriots vs. Lions final score, takeaways: Detroit wins big, New England falls to 1-2 for first time since 2012.
  • Brent Sobleski (Bleacher Report) Patriots are doomed without a dominant Josh Gordon.
  • Jeremy Bergman ( Belichick on Pats’ start: None has ‘been good enough’.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Gronk: I would retire if Patriots traded me, not going anywhere without Brady.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) Football Morning in America Week 3: A Sunday of surprises? Nah, a vet says, ‘This is the normal’.
  • Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) Monday Morning Digest: Rams have an early edge on the rest of the NFL.
  • Scott Polacek (Bleacher Report) Matthew Stafford, Lions dominate Tom Brady, Patriots behind Kerryon Johnson.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from Week 3 of the 2018 NFL season: 7. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots looked totally outclassed by a previously winless Lions outfit Sunday night.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) NFL Week 3 winners, losers: Patriots facing serious problems after loss to Lions.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 3 Grades: Lions earn ‘A+’ for upset of Patriots; Pats earn a D. /the hard way.
  • NFL Gameday Prime ( Deion Sanders: Pats are ‘a Julian Edelman away’ from getting back on track. (1.39 min. video)
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) As league goes overboard to protect quarterbacks, quarterbacks need to protect themselves.
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) Another Clay Matthews roughing-the-passer call stokes latest NFL quandary.
  • Charles R. McDonald and Ryan Van Bibber (SB Nation) The NFL’s roughing the passer rule is changing the game for all the wrong reasons.