DETROIT — The Patriots’ defense took a nice step forward in Thursday night’s exhibition game against the Lions.
Say what? Did you even watch the game?
OK, obviously the 40-9 loss was not the result the Patriots were looking for. It was New England’s worst preseason loss since 2004, and Bill Belichick was his usual dejected self after the game, saying, “We got thoroughly outplayed and outcoached . . . Weren’t very competitive in anything.”
Except that’s an overly pessimistic view of the Patriots’ performance, particularly with the starting defense. The offense was certainly putrid, committing four turnovers in the first half and scoring 3 points on nine drives. But the defense, playing without Vince Wilfork (rest) and using Jerod Mayo only in sub packages, had a respectable showing. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.