Patriots defeat Lions in first 2019 pre-season game

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The New England Patriots opened their 2019 pre-season Thursday night. 

Football is finally back, and the Super Bowl champions opened their pre-season at 7:30 p.m., playing the Lions in Detroit. After joint practices this week, the New England Patriots and the Detroit Lions opened their preseasons at Ford Field in Detroit. 

Patriots fans are ecstatic now that football season is officially underway.

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“Oh, really excited,” said Jack Delaney of Nahant. “Always look forward to a Patriots season. The last 20 years have been incredible, so it’s been really good for us.”

A manager at the Hangar Pub & Grill in Amherst told 22News, they’re expecting a big crowd Thursday night.

“I think you start to feel the air change a little bit and everybody knows, it’s time for football,” Michael Stone said. “We can feel the energy already tonight. We’ll have a crowd here.”

New England and Detroit faced off for the tenth time in the team’s history and the Lions have 6-3 in the preseason matchups, but Patriots fans were not too worried about that stat.

“I think it’s going to be a very well matched up game,” said Connor MacDonald of Amesbury. “It will be very close, but I feel like the Patriots will come out on top.” 

Last year, after going 3 and 1 in the preseason, the Patriots went all the way, beating the LA Rams in Super Bowl 53. Although the regular season hasn’t started yet, fans are already making predictions. 

“I think they are going to go 13-3, I don’t see nobody beating us,” said Steven MacDonald of Amesbury. 

Fans didn’t see 20-year veteran, and future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady play in Thursday’s game. He sat on the sidelines with a number of other veteran players so they can rest and avoid an injury. 

Week 1 of preseason is used as a chance for other players to prove themselves so you will be seeing many new faces.  

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