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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
New England1-11-123.5025.50-21-00-11-10-11-0
Power Stats
Yards Per Point
Yards Per Pass
Yards Per Rush
Team Records

New England Patriots

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf1-11-00-11-11-00-123.5025.50-2.00
vs Div0-00-00-00-00-00-
Last 31-11-00-11-11-00-123.5025.50-2.00

Detroit Lions

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf0-10-00-11-00-01-027.0030.00-3.00
vs Div0-00-00-00-00-00-
Last 30-20-10-11-10-11-022.0039.00-17.00


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense23.501539.0032
Awy Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense220.0020180.008
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense82.0023169.0027
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense22.001925.5020
Hme Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense300.0010377.0026
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense39.0027104.0015

Head To Head Summary

New England4-13-23-227.2096.603.8036.6066.67266.00362.601.40

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Nov 23, 2014DETNE9-34912443351903494391
Nov 25, 2010NEDET45-2410933844701292774062
Dec 3, 2006DETNE21-28772843615792843633
Nov 28, 2002NEDET20-121392103491822102923
Nov 23, 2000NEDET9-346614921521101892991
Sep 25, 1994NEDET23-1700
Sep 12, 1993DETNE19-1600
Dec 8, 1985DETNE6-2300
Oct 7, 1979DETNE17-2400
Oct 10, 1976NEDET10-3000

NFL Betting Odds & Trends

Team Last 5 Games

New England Patriots

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 16, 2018JAC20-31L-2/44.5L/O82220302104377481-1A
Sep 9, 2018HOU27-20W-6.5/49.5W/U1222673891671583251H
Feb 4, 2018PHI33-41L-4.5/49L/O1135006131643745380H
Jan 21, 2018JAC24-20W-8/45.5L/U462983441012733741H
Jan 13, 2018TEN35-14W-13.5/48W/O101337438652022670H

Detroit Lions

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Sep 16, 2018SF27-30L6/48W/O983294271901563461A
Sep 10, 2018NYJ17-48L-7/44L/O393003391691803493H
Dec 31, 2017GB35-11W-7.5/44.5W/O51305356103153256-4H
Dc 24, 2017CIN17-26L-3/43L/P871892761422223640A
Dec 16, 2017CHI20-10W-4.5/43.5W/U9120229343306349-2H

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

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