12:21 PM EDT, Fri September 21, 2018
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First Byte: Previewing Lions-Patriots with Pats Pulpit’s Brian Phillips

First Byte: Previewing Lions-Patriots with Pats Pulpit’s Brian Phillips

We get the breakdown about the 2018 New England Patriots from the opposing side of the field. This week the First Byte podcast reunited with our good friend from Pats Pulpit Brian Phillips (@BPhillips_SB). Brian is a unique resource for Detroit Lions fans, not only because he’s an expert in his field as a Patriots writer, but because he’s living in Michigan and has a pretty good finger on the pulse of local Detroit spots. This week he helped up preview the Week 3 “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots. With both teams coming off a loss,...
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Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots: Random Stats

Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots: Random Stats

A collection of random statistics that don’t mean anything. How did I get here? Way back when I used to be the managing editor of SideLion Report, I started writing these pieces called Random Stats. Really, it was all about me. The stats had no bearing on anything and still don’t. This was just me fulfilling my need to know useful information. Last season, I got to the point where finding all this useless information began to be tiresome to me. My thoughts at the time were that nobody was reading this piece, and I was putting a lot of time and energy into weekly pieces that a limited...
3 hours ago
On Paper: Lions vs. Patriots preview & prediction

On Paper: Lions vs. Patriots preview & prediction

Our matchup breakdown and prediction for the Lions’ Week 3 game. Matt Patricia vs. Bill Belichick. Protégé vs. Mentor. The teacher has become the teach-ed. Belichick Tree. The Patriot Way. NARRATIVE NARRATIVE NARRATIVE. Okay, can we move on from this storyline that will be bashed into our heads by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on Sunday night? Good. Because Sunday actually provides a more interesting matchup than it appears on the surface. Both the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots are not currently happy with their performance thus far in 2018, and both teams are actually...
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Week 3 scouting report: Patriots’ offensive adjustments give defenses fits

Week 3 scouting report: Patriots’ offensive adjustments give defenses fits

Everything you need to know for Week 3 against the New England Patriots. The main way to beat the Patriots is to not make it easy on them, especially on offense. Unfortunately for the Lions, they’ve made mediocre offenses look sensational through the first two weeks. The Lions defense is tied for last in the NFL in points allowed, yielding 39 a game. The current top defense in the NFL, which belongs to the Los Angeles Rams, is surrendering just 6.5 points per game, and the NFL average defense is giving up about 22 points per game. Giving up nearly twice the NFL average in points per game...
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Which Lions player is in for a big game vs. Patriots?

Which Lions player is in for a big game vs. Patriots?

Who do you think could show up big on Monday Night Football? We’re two weeks into the 2018 season, and the Detroit Lions are already in a desperate situation. They’re 0-2, the rest of the division has already notched a win each and are facing fortunate matchups in Week 3, while the Lions are forced to face the New England Patriots. With little hope on the horizon for this season, the Lions are looking for a hero. They need someone to step up their game on Sunday night not only to avoid embarrassment on national television for the second time in three weeks, but to give their fans some...
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Thursday Night Football open thread: Jets at Browns

Thursday Night Football open thread: Jets at Browns

Will we finally see history be made tonight? Week 3 is here, which means before you know it, we’ll be a quarter of the ways into the season. That makes me sad. Things are going too fast, and I’m already fearful of the looming offseason, especially since things look dreary for our Detroit Lions. But we don’t have to think about that tonight, because there’s an AFC matchup on “Thursday Night Football” that has nothing to do with the Lions other than the fact that one of the teams wiped the floor with Detroit in Week 1. ARRRGH! STOP IT! Ahem. The New York Jets and the Cleveland...
19 hours ago
Injury report: Rob Gronkowski limited with ankle injury

Injury report: Rob Gronkowski limited with ankle injury

The Patriots’ biggest receiving threat has a new injury on Thursday’s report. Thursday’s injury report for both the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots remained mostly the same from Wednesday’s. The key players going through concussion protocol—Darius Slay for the Lions, Trey Flower and Patrick Chung for the Patriots—remained out of practice. Everyone else that was limited remained limited. However, both teams added an extra player to their injury report on Thursday. Eli Harold, who the Lions traded for two weeks ago, popped up on the injury report with a hip issue. Last...
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LeGarrette Blount is “100%” ready for the Patriots

LeGarrette Blount is “100%” ready for the Patriots

The running back is excited to take on his former team. The Detroit Lions will be back in Ford Field this week as the New England Patriots come to town for a Sunday night contest. While every game is important in the grand scheme of the NFL season, this week’s matchup may have another layer. Detroit is filled with ex-Patriots from the front office to the playing field. One of the ex-Patriots now residing in Detroit is running back LeGarrette Blount. Blount has had two separate stints in New England. He was on the 2013 team that won the Super Bowl, then left to join the Pittsburgh...
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Lions cornerback Darius Slay misses second straight practice

Lions cornerback Darius Slay misses second straight practice

It’s looking less and less likely Slay will play this week against the Patriots. The New England Patriots will be in town in just a few days, and they’re likely bringing a brand new toy with them. Wide receiver Josh Gordon practiced with the Patriots on Wednesday and he’s going to bring a new aspect to New England’s already-feared offense. Unfortunately for the Detroit Lions, they may be short one of their best weapons to neutralize Gordon and quarterback Tom Brady. Cornerback Darius Slay missed his second consecutive practice on Thursday due to a concussion he suffered in a...
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Lions and Patriots fans agree, take New England -7

Lions and Patriots fans agree, take New England -7

Neither fanbase is optimistic about the Lions’ chances this week. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across the NFL powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Chiefs fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. The goal for making betting odds in sports is to set a line that should see equal amounts of betting on each side. The goal isn’t to pick who you think will win and by how many point, but to rather pick a line that the betting masses feel appropriate for matchup. The New England Patriots are favored by seven points on the...
Sep 20, 2018
Lions TE Michael Roberts hopes Sunday’s touchdown is the ‘first of tons’

Lions TE Michael Roberts hopes Sunday’s touchdown is the ‘first of tons’

The Lions’ young tight end hopes Sunday was the “beginning of something.” “December 17, 2016.” Ask Michael Roberts when his last football touchdown was prior to his first NFL score on Sunday against the 49ers and he’ll tell you the exact date. The Toledo Rockets, led by star running back Kareem Hunt, dropped their season finale to Appalachian State 31-28. But red zone phenom Michael Roberts kept them in the game early, grabbing a curl route and shaking two defenders on his way to the end zone. 638 days later, Roberts finally found the end zone again—he’s been counting the...
Sep 20, 2018
NFL Week 3 picks against the spread, totals: A time for fiascos

NFL Week 3 picks against the spread, totals: A time for fiascos

The boss won’t make you money. You’re going to have to take his stuff. What a time for mayhem. Who do you trust? Hubba hubba, money money money. In truth, precious little left is there to trust in this rotten league of miscreants and savage half-death. Take what you can get because the boss isn’t going to do you right. Vontae Davis had it all proper. Was it professional to walk off in the middle of his job? Hell no. But don’t think for a second that such means it’s not right. No sir, in this league the boss can fire you at any point, yank you off the bus and lead you on the side...
Sep 20, 2018
Week 3 Detroit Lions fantasy player of the week

Week 3 Detroit Lions fantasy player of the week

The passing volume will be there, but will the results? The start of the season has been extremely frustrating for the Detroit Lions. Getting blown out in the prime-time home opener was embarrassing, but dropping a winnable West Coast matchup may sting even more. The issues are abundant, and a lot of the blame belongs on the quarterback. As Matthew Stafford goes, so do the Lions. His Week 1 performance was one to quickly forget, and even a decent stat line in Week 2 masked some key mistakes and overthrows. Still, long-time Lions fans will recognize that the last two weeks of Stafford are...
Sep 20, 2018
Open thread: Which 0-2 team will finish with the best record?

Open thread: Which 0-2 team will finish with the best record?

Which two-loss team should remain hopeful? You’ve probably seen the stat by now. But just in case you haven’t, being an 0-2 team in the NFL is not good news. Only about 12 percent of teams that go winless in the first two weeks of the season end up making the playoffs. That’s really bad news for seven teams this year, as nearly a quarter of the league has started winless, including our Detroit Lions. Here are the other teams joining the Lions in 0-2 land: the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. Today’s Question...
Sep 19, 2018
Notes: Frank Ragnow earns 2nd-worst PFF grade among 1st-round rookies

Notes: Frank Ragnow earns 2nd-worst PFF grade among 1st-round rookies

It was a tough Week 2 for the Lions’ rookie guard. Detroit Lions rookie guard Frank Ragnow was a pick that fans quickly got behind. Though he wasn’t on many draft expert’s radar for the 20th overall pick, his reputation at Arkansas—not allowing a single sack in college—won over even the most skeptical of fans. That optimism continued into training camp, when Ragnow looked almost as flawless as his college days. That seemed wildly impressive considering he was not only adjusting to NFL talent, but because he was playing a position he hadn’t played at all in college: left...