09/23 22:17 CDT Matt Patricia-led Lions beat Bill Belichick, Patriots 26-10
Matt Patricia-led Lions beat Bill Belichick, Patriots 26-10
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) --- Matt Patricia beat mentor Bill Belichick, seemingly making all
the right moves to help the Detroit Lions beat the New England Patriots 26-10
The Lions (1-2) suddenly looked like a team with a plan on offense and defense
under their first-year coach, and former New England assistant. They opened the
season with a 31-point loss to the New York Jets at home and fell short in a
comeback at San Francisco.
The Patriots (1-2) have had weaknesses exposed on both sides of the ball,
losing two of their first three games for the first time since 2012.
Detroit was in control from the start, creating holes for rookie running back
Kerryon Johnson and giving Matthew Stafford time to pass.
Johnson had 101 yards rushing on 16 carries, becoming the first player to reach
the mark for the Lions since Reggie Bush ran for 117 yards against Green Bay on
Nov. 28, 2013. Detroit's 70-game stretch without a 100-yard rusher was the
longest since the NFL-AFL merger.