If we didn't know better, we might believe the Patriots' visit to Detroit for their Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Lions could be a sentimental one for Tom Brady. After all, it was 11 years ago -- yes, it's been that long -- that he made his NFL debut (that's him in the photo before a 2000 preseason game in Detroit), completing one of three passes for six yards in mopup duty during a 34-9 loss to the host Lions on Nov. 23, 2000, his lone appearance as a rookie. (Trivia note: His first NFL completion went to Rod Rutledge)
Of course, there's no time for misty watercolor memories, even on the holiday. This is a business trip for the 8-2 Patriots, who are tied with the Jets atop the AFC East. While the 2-8 Lions might appear to be a pushover on paper, the Patriots should know better than to take any opponent lightly after losing to lowly Cleveland three weeks ago. That in mind, here are five things to know about the Lions.