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Three Big Takeaways From The Patriots Vs Lions Game

The Patriots got a very important win today, against the dynamic Lions. Here are three takeaways from the Patriots game against the Detroit Lions.

The Patriots concluded their week five game against the Detroit Lions. New England was without their starting quarterback Mac Jones again. This was a must win game for the Patriots, as going 1-4 would make their playoff chances very slim. The Patriots ended up winning 29-0 as they move on to the Browns next week. Here are three big takeaways from the game.

Elite Defense

The only concern New England had on defense heading into this season was their secondary. New England saw the departure of J.C. Jackson, and they drafted Marcus Jones and Jack Jones in the draft. Ultimately, how the cornerback room would do for the Patriots was unknown. So far into the year, Jack Jones has been excellent, and New England as a whole has been an elite defense. The Lions weren’t able to convert a single fourth down, nor were they able to put themselves in any sort of scoring position.

The Patriots were facing a high-powered Lions offense. The Lions were averaging over 30 points this season, and New England shut down their offense completely. Matthew Judon had two sacks, continuing his streak of getting at least one sack in every game. Judon so far into the season has four sacks. Jack Jones recorded another pick, and Matthew Judon also forced a strip sack, which Kyle Dugger was able to return for a touchdown. Overall, New England has a great showing on defense, and their defense continues to win them games, both up front and in the secondary.

Rhamondre Stevenson’s Emergence

The Patriots have two running backs that would likely be the starting running back on any other team. The duo of Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson is one of the best duos in the league, if not the best. Early into the game Damien Harris went out with an injury, and New England’s rushing offense did not miss a beat. The Patriots’ offensive line played a huge factor in this too, as they were able to generate running lanes for Rhamondre. Stevenson finished with a career high in rushing yards at 161.

Stevenson was able to pick up the slack without Damien Harris. Rhamondre Stevenson was electric for the Patriots, generating 161 rushing yards off of 25 carries. Averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Rhamondre used his size and athleticism towards a monster game that was able to help burn time off the clock and give the Patriots the advantage in time of possession, and it was able to take pressure off of Bailey Zappe.

Progression On Offense

The Patriots’ offense was a massive question mark heading into this season. New England named Matt Patricia their offensive coordinator, and the offense looked shaky for the first few weeks. However, this game has showed some development on the offensive side. The Patriots had a relatively clean game on offense. New England did a better job incorporating more play action passes, which was important since the run gamer was doing very well.

Bailey Zappe looked poised running the New England offense, which is a good sign that the offense will improve with Mac at quarterback. Zappe had an efficient day completing 17/21 passes, and throwing for a 188 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. The Patriots’ offense looked significantly better today. New England limited their turnovers to one, they were able to generate over six yards per carry, and they were able to take advantage of that in the play action game.

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