NFL Preseason Preview - New England (2-0) at Detroit (1-1) (ET)
(Sports Network) - The New England Patriots hope to remain perfect in the preseason when they visit the Detroit Lions in the all important third exhibition game for both clubs.
Tom Brady looked like his old self in limited action last Friday as the Patriots dumped Tampa Bay, 25-21, in Foxboro.
Showing no ill effects from the mild sprain of his left knee suffered earlier in the week during a scrimmage, Brady finished a sizzling 11-of-12 for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan Mallett took over for Brady and tallied 137 yards and one score on 12- of-20 efficiency for the Patriots, who improved to 2-0 in the preseason. The last time New England started the preseason with a 3-0 record was in 2003.
Danny Amendola totaled a game-high 71 yards and caught Brady's TD pass on six receptions, while Zach Sudfeld added the other touchdown grab. Tim Tebow picked up 30 yards on six rushes, but completed just one of his seven pass attempts for minus-1 yard.
The Lions, meanwhile, suffered a humiliating loss in Cleveland last Thursday, falling 24-6 to the Browns.
Matthew Stafford connected on 11-of-16 passes for 74 yards and running back Reggie Bush rushed for 15 yards on eight carries and caught five passes for 44 yards for the Lions, who finished 4-12 and dropped their final eight games a season ago.
In an effort to shakes things up on its defense Detroit added a pair of veteran players to their roster two days after the game, signing cornerback Rashean Mathis and linebacker Rocky McIntosh.
The Patriots will be facing Detroit in the preseason for the eighth time overall and for the first time since a 34-10 loss on August 27, 2011 at Ford Field. New England is 2-5 all-time against the Lions in the preseason.
- Detroit Field Goal - 23-yarder by David Akers.
- Detroit Touchdown - 9-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to
Tony Scheffler. (David Akers kick).
- Detroit Field Goal - 31-yarder by David Akers.
- New England Field Goal - 31-yarder by
Stephen Gostkowski. 7:05 remaining.
- Detroit Field Goal - 49-yarder by David Akers.
- Detroit Touchdown - 22-yard pass from Kellen Moore to
Joseph Fauria. (David Akers kick). 11:00 remaining.
- Detroit Field Goal - 47-yarder by David Akers.
- Detroit Touchdown - 15-yard pass from Kellen Moore to
Micheal Spurlock. (Havard Rugland kick).
- Detroit Touchdown - 2-yard run by Theo Riddick.
(Havard Rugland kick). 4:08 remaining.
- New England Touchdown - 9-yard pass from Ryan Mallett to
James Develin. (pass failed). 0:32 remaining.
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Matthew Stafford completed 12-of-25 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, as the Detroit Lions pounded the New England Patriots, 40-9, on Thursday in the third preseason game for both teams.
Reggie Bush caught five passes for 103 yards, while backup quarterback Kellen Moore finished an efficient 9-of-12 passing for 150 yards and two scores for the Lions, who received a touchdown grab apiece from tight ends Joseph Furia and Tony Scheffler.
Tom Brady played the entire first half under center for the Patriots, who turned the ball over four times in their first five drives. Brady finished 16- of-24 passing for 185 yards with an interception.
Rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins was the lone bright spot for New England, hauling in eight passes for 116 yards to lead all receivers.
Brady led the Pats deep into Detroit territory on the opening drive of the game, but Zach Sundfeld fumbled the ball at the Detroit 10 to end the trek.
David Akers knocked down a 23-yard field goal on Detroit's ensuing touch, but missed a 31-yarder following a Brandon Bolden fumble later in the first.
Brady was picked off by Chris Houston on New England's next touch, and four plays later, Stafford hit Scheffler for a 9-yard score to make it 10-0.
A Shane Vereen fumble on the third play of the Patriots' ensuing possession set up a 31-yard field goal from Akers to push the lead to 13-0 before Stephen Gostkowski connected on a 31-yarder of his own to get the Pats on the board.
Akers nailed a 49-yard field goal late in the first half before Moore took over under center to start the second and led the Lions on an 8-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in a 22-yard scoring strike to Fauria for a 23-3 lead.
Akers added a 47-yarder later in the frame to make it 26-3.
Micheal Spurlock hauled in a 15-yard TD reception from Moore in the fourth and Theo Riddick added a 2-yard touchdown plunge to push the margin to 40-3.
New England backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, who finished 11-of-22 passing for 96 yards, found James Develin for a 9-yard score with under a minute left to account for the final margin.