2017-05-01

Sunday Night Football: Detroit Lions Host the New England Patriots

Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions’ Patricia Faces Former Boss Tonight

The New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions meet on Sunday Night Football. They will meet at Ford Field. NBC Sports will have the television coverage and kickoff is set for 8:20 pm EST.

Oddsmakers opened the Patriots as -7-point favorites versus the Lions, while the game’s total opened at 50. The line is now New England -6.5 and the total has flown up to 55.

Matt Patricia had one of the best coaching gigs in the NFL. He was serving as defensive coordination under Bill Belichick on the staff of the New England Patriots.

Patricia parlayed his success in that post into his first head coaching job with the Detroit Lions. He will have to beat Belichick and the visiting Patriots on Sunday night to earn his first career victory.

Aside from matching wits with his mentor Belichick, Patricia must find a way to slow three-time NFL MVP Tom Brady. He is coming off a rare clunker in a 31-20 loss at Jacksonville.

Sunday’s game could mark the Patriots debut of wide receiver Josh Gordon. He has been a limited participant in practice since he was acquired from the Cleveland Browns earlier this week.

New England is 45-6 after a loss since the 2003 season, last dropping back-to-back regular-season games in 2015.

Patriots Still Trying to Find Itself

The Patriots are 1-1 to start the new season. New England‘s defense looks like it could use Patricia back in his previous role. They allowed Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles to throw for 376 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s romp.

Trey Flowers is the team’s top defensive lineman. He was knocked out of last week’s game with a concussion. Safety Patrick Chung also suffered a concussion. Both have yet to practice this week and their availability looks increasingly in question.

Brady did connect with wideout Chris Hogan for a pair of scoring passes. James White was the leading receiver with seven catches for 73 yards. Rookie running back Sony Michel rushed for a team-high 34 yards on 10 carries in his NFL debut.

TE Rob Gronkowski has 10 receptions for 143 in the last two matchups versus Detroit.

New England is 52-13 against the NFC since realignment in 2002, the NFL’s best inter-conference record in that span.

The Lions are Still Looking for Identity as a Team

The Lions are  off to an 0-2 start under their new regime. They have looked ragged and inconsistent so far under Patricia.

Detroit was shredded by the New York Jets 48-17 in the season opener at home. They fell behind by 17 points in the fourth quarter before Matthew Stafford threw a pair of touchdown passes in the three-point defeat.

Stafford has attempted 99 passes as the revamped running game has sputtered. Rookie Kerryon Johnson managed a team-high 60 yards on 13 carries.

Golden Tate and running back Theo Riddick share the team lead with 14 catches. Kenny Golladay is emerging as a dangerous weapon for Stafford. He has 13 receptions for a club-high 203 yards and a score.

The Lions could be without one of their top defenders with cornerback Darius Slay unable to practice this week due to a concussion.

Stafford has thrown for 2,900 yards and 20 touchdowns in his last 10 home games.

PREDICTION: Patriots 30, Lions 23

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
New England 1-1 1-1 23.50 25.50 -2 1-0 0-1 1-1 0-1 1-0
Detroit 0-2 1-1 22.00 39.00 -17 0-1 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Name Offense Defense Differential
NE 14.7 15.8 -1.1
DET 17.41 8.91 8.5
Yards Per Pass
Name Offense Defense Differential
NE 9.74 11.63 -1.89
DET 9.98 9.88 0.1
Yards Per Rush
Name Offense Defense Differential
NE 3.71 4.67 -0.96
DET 4.15 5.61 -1.46
Team Records

New England Patriots

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 1-1 1-0 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1 23.50 25.50 -2.00
vs Conf 1-1 1-0 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1 23.50 25.50 -2.00
vs Div 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 1-1 1-0 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1 23.50 25.50 -2.00

Detroit Lions

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 0-2 0-1 0-1 1-1 0-1 1-0 22.00 39.00 -17.00
vs Conf 0-1 0-0 0-1 1-0 0-0 1-0 27.00 30.00 -3.00
vs Div 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.00 0.00 0.00
Last 3 0-2 0-1 0-1 1-1 0-1 1-0 22.00 39.00 -17.00

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 23.50 15 39.00 32
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 220.00 20 180.00 8
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 82.00 23 169.00 27
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 22.00 19 25.50 20
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 300.00 10 377.00 26
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 39.00 27 104.00 15

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
New England 4-1 3-2 3-2 27.20 96.60 3.80 36.60 66.67 266.00 362.60 1.40
Detroit 1-4 2-3 3-2 20.00 97.80 4.18 39.80 53.27 240.80 338.60 2.40

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Nov 23, 2014 DET NE 9-34 91 244 335 1 90 349 439 1
Nov 25, 2010 NE DET 45-24 109 338 447 0 129 277 406 2
Dec 3, 2006 DET NE 21-28 77 284 361 5 79 284 363 3
Nov 28, 2002 NE DET 20-12 139 210 349 1 82 210 292 3
Nov 23, 2000 NE DET 9-34 66 149 215 2 110 189 299 1
Sep 25, 1994 NE DET 23-17 0 0
Sep 12, 1993 DET NE 19-16 0 0
Dec 8, 1985 DET NE 6-23 0 0
Oct 7, 1979 DET NE 17-24 0 0
Oct 10, 1976 NE DET 10-30 0 0

NFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

New England Patriots

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 16, 2018 JAC 20-31 L -2/44.5 L/O 82 220 302 104 377 481 -1 A
Sep 9, 2018 HOU 27-20 W -6.5/49.5 W/U 122 267 389 167 158 325 1 H
Feb 4, 2018 PHI 33-41 L -4.5/49 L/O 113 500 613 164 374 538 0 H
Jan 21, 2018 JAC 24-20 W -8/45.5 L/U 46 298 344 101 273 374 1 H
Jan 13, 2018 TEN 35-14 W -13.5/48 W/O 101 337 438 65 202 267 0 H

Detroit Lions

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Sep 16, 2018 SF 27-30 L 6/48 W/O 98 329 427 190 156 346 1 A
Sep 10, 2018 NYJ 17-48 L -7/44 L/O 39 300 339 169 180 349 3 H
Dec 31, 2017 GB 35-11 W -7.5/44.5 W/O 51 305 356 103 153 256 -4 H
Dc 24, 2017 CIN 17-26 L -3/43 L/P 87 189 276 142 222 364 0 A
Dec 16, 2017 CHI 20-10 W -4.5/43.5 W/U 91 202 293 43 306 349 -2 H

Next up:
New England home to Miami Sunday, September 30
Detroit at Dallas Sunday, September 30

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