Patriots/Lions Game Thread

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    No surprise....

    http://www.eagletribune.com/sports/x1455938800/Source-Brady-will-play-versus-Lions

    Source: Brady will play versus Lions

    The Eagle-Tribune has learned the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who was listed as questionable on the injury report on Wednesday, will get the start tomorrow against the Detroit Lions.

    Brady has been listed on the Patriots injury report the last two weeks with a foot injury. He didn't pracice on Tuesday in Foxboro and was relegated to "questionable."

    According to the source, Brady will start Thursday in Detroit.

     
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    Patriots giving thanks

    November, 24, 2010

    By Russell S. Baxter
    ESPN NFL Research Coordinator Russell Baxter

    • The New England Patriots have committed just nine turnovers in 10 games this season, with no turnovers in six of 10 contests. And only three teams have a better turnover differential than New England’s plus-nine.


    • The Detroit Lions have lost six straight games on Thanksgiving dating to 2004 (by a combined score of 213-74). And at 2-8, Detroit is guaranteed a 10th consecutive non-winning season.
     
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    The Lions listed place-kicker Jason Hanson (right knee), defensive end Lawrence Jackson (concussion) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (right shoulder) as out

    Tight end Tony Scheffler (rib) is doubtful.

    Defensive end Cliff Avril (quadriceps), linebacker Isaiah Ekeliuba (knee), center Dylan Gandy (calf) and defensive tackle Corey Williams (shoulder) are all questionable, while running back Jahvid Best (toe), quarterback Shaun Hill (quadriceps), linebacker DeAndre Levy (groin) and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (knee) are probable.

     
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    Thanks again for all the info condensed into one thread Rocky. It is so helpful every week.

    I'm hoping to see Freddy T do some pounding 2day after long lay off. If he does it would be a little ironic to do so in this game as J. Best is now dealing with same injury.

    Happy Holiday Rocky and to all Patriot Fans.
     
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    In Response to Re: Patriots/Lions Pre-game Thread:
    [QUOTE]Thanks again for all the info condensed into one thread Rocky. It is so helpful every week. I'm hoping to see Freddy T do some pounding 2day after long lay off. If he does it would be a little ironic to do so in this game as J. Best is now dealing with same injury. Happy Holiday Rocky and to all Patriot Fans.
    Posted by irishfanatic[/QUOTE]

    Thanks.....If anybody gets the rest of the inactives before the game, please put them here...I am going to try and go to the gym before the game
     
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    Welcome to Ford Field in Detroit

    November, 25, 2010

    DETROIT -- Welcome to Ford Field, where the Patriots visit the Lions today (CBS, 12:30 p.m.).

    Indoor facility. Weather conditions are not a factor today as Ford Field is a beautiful indoor facility. Ford Field opened in 2002, the same year that the Patriots opened Gillette Stadium. It has a capacity of 64,500 and there are blue seats throughout, with a Fieldhouse type feel to it. On one side of the field, seats in the lower area currently include white cushions that spell the words "Live United." The end zones both have the word "Lions" painted on them, while there is a blue lion at midfield.

    Patriots and the noise factor. As the public address announcer tested the microphone this morning, and music blared, it was clear how loud it can get here. The Patriots' ability to handle that noise will be an important part of the game. They have been penalized for 12 false starts this season, which is the most frequent penalty called against them.

    Throwback uniforms for Patriots. For the second time this season, the Patriots will wear their throwback red uniforms with white pants and a white helmet featuring the "Pat Patriot" logo.

    Winter in the forecast. Today's referee is Ron Winter.

    Jets scout in the house. As one would expect in the week leading up to a big game, the Jets are scheduled to have a scout in attendance for today's game. The Patriots host the Jets on Dec. 6 in what could be a game of two 9-2 teams if both clubs win today.

    Kid Rock at halftime. The Lions have been hosting a game on Thanksgiving since 1934 and one aspect that generated a buzz this year is that Kid Rock will be performing at halftime.


    (Mike Reiss)
     
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    Gameday links from Boston Herald


    http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/index.php/2010/11/25/happy-thanksgiving-to-all-and-to-all-a-good-game-and-gameday-links/
     
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    New England Patriots realpatriots The Patriots' early buses have already arrived at Ford Field, nearly 3 hours before kickoff.
     
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    Great "blog"! That's good, as there are no pregame shows on until 30 minutes before kickoff. NFLN is repeating last night's All Access all morning. Unless there's one on ESPN, but I don't do ESPN except for the Monday game. I'm sure it will be SOS in Detroit today. The Lions always find a way to lose. And the Patriots play smart and win the TO battle. It would be nice to see Taylor healthy pounding the ball, keeping CJ off the field!
     
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    I understand the disdain for ESPN but once in a while they produce something worth watching. The Patriots "Little Three".

    http://espn.go.com/boston/video/clip?id=5834779&categoryid=4410351

    Interviewer: How does Tom Brady find you(on the field)?
    Welker: I swear he misses me a lot of the time.
     
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    From ProFootballFocus.com

    1.  The Lions won't be able to run the ball up the middle.

    It’s well established in the league that Wilfork (+4.8) is one of the best nose tackles in the league, but his rating this year doesn’t reflect that because he hasn’t come up with a pressure on the quarterback in the past six games. However, he is still one of the better run-stopping tackles in the league with a rating of +9.7. He will be going up against a Lions’ middle front that have ratings between -8.8 and -13.1 against the run. I would be surprised if RB Jahvid Best (-5.7) gets much success running up the middle in this game.

    2.  The Lions won't be able to cover Gronk or Hernandez.

    Two of Brady’s most used targets this year have been tight ends Rob Gronkowski (+2.1) and Aaron Hernandez (-0.8). Although each has had mixed success and a varied number of targets throughout the season, they are facing the Lions — all of whose starting linebackers and safeties have negative ratings against the pass. Brady should find these two targets open a lot during the game, and it’s up to these young players to step up and have a big game.

    BB excels at reconfiguring his offense/defense versus unbalanced teams.  The BB Patriots are known to take away what another team does best and to emphasize what another team does worst.  On offense, the Patriots once ran 13 running plays in a row against Indianapolis, and they once went an entire first half (quite successfully) without a running play against Minnesota.

    As for Calvin Johnson, I would often as not put Eugene Chung right up on the line and have him chuck the receiver (or plow into him possible).  That will slow him.  After this, occasionally rush Chung because he is already good at blocking punts and field goals.  Johnson will of course get doubled every single play and McCourty isn't bad at coverage, which will at least slow Megatron down.
     
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    2 hours to go.  I just got home from picking everything up and now I'm all up to date on the game.................Thanks Rocky.

     
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    Monique Walker monwalker RT @realpatriots: Pats Inactives: Deaderick, LeVoir, Ohrnberger, Neal, Taylor Price, Myron Pryor, Jonathan Wilhite, Mike Wright #fb
     
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    Monique Walker monwalker RB Fred Taylor is active for 1st time since Week 3 when he suffered a toe injury. S Jarrad Page also is active for 1st time since Week 5.
     
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    New England Patriots realpatriots Lions inactives:Jason Hanson, Matthew Stafford, Jason Fox, Willie Young, Tony Scheffler, L. Jackson, Donald Thomas and Zac Robinson (3rd QB)
     
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    Mike Reiss MikeReiss Pats in red throwback jerseys w/ white pants & white helmets w/ Pat Patriot. Lions in blue jerseys, silver pants w/ silver logo-less helmets
     
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    Mike Reiss MikeReiss Patriots kicker Shayne Graham just finished his warmup. Had the length from 53 to both ends.
     
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    Analysis from Patriots inactives

    November, 25, 2010
    By Mike Reiss
    DETROIT -- Analysis from the Patriots' inactive players:

    Numbers bolstered at running back with Fred Taylor. The Patriots have been dressing just three running backs on game day for the last seven contests -- with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead and Sammy Morris -- and now they add a fourth option to the mix with Fred Taylor. Opponents have averaged 130 rushing yards per game against the Lions -- ranking Detroit's rush defense 26th in the NFL.

    Jarrad Page will help special teams. With safety Jarrad Page returning for the first time since injuring his calf Oct. 17, he should bolster the Patriots' special teams units. Page was playing on the kickoff coverage, punt coverage, kickoff return and punt return units prior to his injury. In the defensive backfield, the Patriots dress three cornerbacks and five safeties today.

    Brandon Deaderick a surprise scratch. Rookie defensive end Brandon Deaderick has been a starter at end in the 3-4 alignment in recent weeks, so his deactivation is a surprise. He's also been an interior rusher in sub packages. This likely puts veteran Gerard Warren into the starting lineup, unless the Patriots turn to rookie free agent Kyle Love at nose tackle while kicking Vince Wilfork to end. This also could be an indication that the Patriots plan to play more four-man line, with their outside linebackers in more of a defensive end type role.

    Tom Brady active as expected. Quarterback Tom Brady was listed as questionable on the injury report, but there never seemed any doubt that he would play today. The Patriots lumped all players together on the injury report on Wednesday before they left for Detroit, taking into account the unconventional week of practice that included two walkthrough sessions. Brady's status generated a bit of a buzz, but had the team felt he wouldn't play, it would have signed another quarterback because it is too risky to enter a game with just one other option (Brian Hoyer).

    Taylor Price once again inactive. Rookie receiver Taylor Price has been inactive for every game this year as this has become a "red-shirt" type of year for the third-round draft choice. Given that the Patriots' depth chart has Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Brandon Tate and Julian Edelman in the 1, 2, 3 and 4 spots -- and that the offense has morphed into more of a two-tight end attack -- the Patriots have had the luxury to develop Price behind the scenes. Price played in an option-based offense at Ohio, so his learning curve was a bit steeper than other rookies, which ties into the approach the Patriots have taken with him this year.
     
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    if you listen to the media, you would think Brady has no chance of playing and the Pats have good chance of losing. I guess after beating the Steelers and Colts the media has nothing to come up with.
     
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    Norman Julius Esiason is a tool.
     
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    Who is ready for some football??????

     
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    I'm going to go out on a limb here and and say Patriot Blowout today contrary to the media and talking heads who feel it will be close.

    Brady in a dome and at least one Qtr of Taylor (before he leaves with an injury :) 38 -10.
     
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    Tom E. Curran tomecurran Heavy New England flavor to the cheers as the Patriots take the field in Detroit.
     
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     i cant get enough of those throwbacks....................love em

     

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