DETROIT (WPRI) — It’s Week 3 of the NFL season and the New England Patriots head to the Motor City for a primetime matchup with the winless Detroit Lions. Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m.
Since 2003, the Patriots are 45-6 in regular season games following a loss. They’ll look to improve upon that record after last week’s 31-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
There’s two big storylines surrounding this game. First, the big news all week was the trade for troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon. Second is the highly anticipated matchup against former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, now the head coach of the Lions.
Here are some notes and quotes from the past week to get you caught up on before the game:
Devin McCourty on why the Patriots have been good at limiting back-to-back losses: “I think guys understand how to approach the week and make sure we go out there and we play better than we played last week. I think it’s always been that sense of urgency around here. It doesn’t even need to be said.”
Tom Brady on what he’s seen from Josh Gordon in practice: “(He’s) really been eager to get in there and learn everything we’re doing and you know, just try to acclimate himself to what the program is. We’re working at it. Look, he’s been here for a few days so we’re working at it every day and every day you try to make improvements.”
Brady on facing Patricia and the Lions’ defense: “(Patricia) knows us pretty good. Obviously we know that defense, we practiced against it for a long time, so it’ll come down to execution. I think he’s a great coach. He’ll have those guys ready to play. They’ll scheme up a bunch of different things to keep us off-balance.”
The Lions have allowed the most rushing yards of any team in the NFL through the first two weeks (179.5). Since 2000, the Patriots are 47-1 in games when their running back eclipses 100 yards.
For the second straight week, Patriots owner Robert Kraft can earn win No. 300. He would become the fastest owner in NFL history to reach that mark (431 games).
The Lions defense has allowed 39 points per game in their first two games. That ranks 31st in the NFL out of 32 teams.