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4. If they have an identity at the moment, it’s that of an offensively uninspiring team that lacks top end talent around Brady, Gronkowski, and, to a degree, James White, with a star free defensive group that looked so slow Sunday night that LeGarrette Blount looked fast. Oh, and canada goose outlet edmonton at least Sunday night, they were dominated on both sides of the line by a Lions team that was not supposed to be able to stop the run or run the ball themselves.

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13. Is Hightower finished as a quality defensive player? He’s looked slow all season, but never more so than when Lions running back Kerryon Johnson just ran right by him, no move necessary, for 14 yards in the second quarter.

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16. I’m not ready to call him Sony Maroney like former WEEI host Mike Adams did on Twitter, but that might have been a job for Rex Burkhead or White for now.

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18. Love to know what canada goose jacket uk was said and who said it at halftime, because the Patriots came out fired up for the second half. Deatrich Wise Jr. howled like a madman after the Patriots swarmed Blount in the backfield. On the next play, Ja’Whaun Bentley picked off Matthew Stafford, and we started remembering that momentum does exist in the NFL and the Patriots are experts at seizing it.

19. It carried over to the offense, too, for that fleeting drive anyway. Michel started the drive with a 12 yard burst, Gronkowski had a 19 yard grab (and something to say about it) on first and 20, and finally, Brady threw a dart to White for a 10 yard touchdown reception. Somehow, as poorly as they played, they trailed just 13 10.

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Canada Goose online 20. I thought Al Michaels must have been exaggerating when he said during the pregame that the Lions “have been looking for a running game since Barry Sanders retired.” After all, Sanders retired 20 years ago. (Yup, it’s been that long now.) Canada Goose online

21. canada goose outlet uk But Michaels was telling the whole truth. The Lions’ best back since Sanders juked and spun his way into retirement is probably Kevin Jones, who averaged 3.6 yards per carry and about 750 yards per season from 2004 07.

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23. Blount had a 9 yard catch for a first down on the Lions’ fourth play from scrimmage. I suppose that counts as the element of surprise considering Blount had just 19 catches during his four seasons with the Patriots.

canadian goose jacket 23. Not that the feeling lasted. After a second straight three and out to start the game for the Patriots, Stafford led the Lions on a smooth nine play, 60 canada goose outlet vip yard drive that culminated with a Kenny Golladay touchdown catch. canadian goose jacket

canada goose clearance 24. Brady entered the game with 66,670 regular season passing yards. He ended the first quarter with 66,669 regular season passing yards, having been held to 1 for 4 passing for minus 1 yard. canada goose clearance

25. The Lions’ decision to kick a field goal on fourth and inches from the New England 21 on their first possession seemed passive at the time. Stafford went 5 for 6 for 44 yards on the drive, and the Lions covered 65 yards on 11 plays against the Patriots’ undermanned secondary.

26. Keeping the Lions to 3 points must have felt like a victory to the Patriots defense. Little did we know it was about the only victory they’d have all night.

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