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woeful running game.He's already reached one significant mark Lawrence Guy Jerseys 2019 , becoming the Lions' first 100-yard rusher in almost five years.Johnson ran for 101 yards Sunday night, and Detroit beat the New England Patriots 26-10 . It was the first time a player on the Lions ran for 100 yards in a game since Nov. 28, 2013, when Reggie Bush did it. The home crowd appeared well aware of the streak, cheering loudly when Johnson's stats were put on the scoreboard."I know there's kind of stigmatism of the run game around here and however long it's been since we've run the ball well," Detroit coach Matt Patricia said. "I don't really think that's fair to these guys that are this year's team. They're trying to do a great job running the ball this year."Johnson, a rookie from Auburn, was effective throughout the game. Detroit established the run early and ended up with a huge edge in time of possession. The Lions controlled the ball for 39:15."We just didn't do anything well enough to give ourselves a chance to win," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.The Patriots (1-2) allowed 13 points before they could manage a single first down. They pulled within three points in the third quarter, but Matthew Stafford's 33-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones made it 20-10, and New England's offense bogged down again after that.The Lions (1-2) outgained the Patriots 414-209 White Rex Burkhead Jerseys , and that was only after New England picked up 52 yards on a meaningless drive at the end.Here are a few more things we learned in Detroit's surprising victory:PATRICIA WINSPatricia's outlook in Detroit now looks a lot better after he beat his former boss. Patricia came to the Lions in the offseason after being part of Belichick's staff with the Patriots. His debut in Detroit couldn't have gone much worse — the Lions lost their opener at home to the New York Jets, 48-17, then fell to San Francisco on the road.The performance against New England gave fans a lot more to cheer about."I really thought the fans were just unbelievable tonight," Patricia said. "The games are hard. There are a lot of things that go on in the game and it goes up and down and the ebbs and flows of it, but just having the constant fans kind of backing all the way through the game tonight, even when things don't necessarily go the way you want them to go and knowing that you still have the crowd behind you and they're still cheering and they're still making an impact on the opponent. It was a big advantage for us."FUNKWith Julian Edelman suspended, New England looked abysmal offensively for much of this game. Rob Gronkowski had four catches for 51 yards, but Brady threw for only 133 yards, his fewest since Dec. 28, 2014, against Buffalo."It wasn't like they reinvented the defense out there Rex Burkhead Jerseys 2019 , it was really just us not doing a good job of anything," Brady said. "Run game, pass game, we didn't do enough to advance the ball forward."TEAM EFFORTJohnson was productive with the ball, but Detroit's offensive line deserves a lot of the credit for the Lions' long-awaited rushing milestone. The line blocked well in the running game and allowed only one sack.FLAT EARLYNew England certainly should have been motivated for this prime-time game after losing to Jacksonville the previous weekend, but the Patriots were manhandled early by Detroit. With 4:58 left in the second quarter, the Lions had huge edges in first downs (14-0), yards (196-13) and time of possession (20:46-4:16). New England was somewhat fortunate to be down only 13-0 at that point.Asked what his team needed to do to play better team defense, Belichick was succinct: "Everything."UP NEXTThe Patriots suddenly face an intriguing September matchup next weekend when they host Miami. The unbeaten Dolphins have a chance to put New England in a three-game hole in the AFC East.Detroit plays at Dallas.New England Patriots 2018 roster breakdown: #84 WR Cordarrelle Patterson The New England Patriots currently have 88 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on September 1 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the offseason, we take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots recapture the Vince Lombardi Trophy.Today White Adam Butler Jerseys , the series continues with one of New England’s offseason additions.Name: Cordarrelle PattersonPosition: Wide receiverJersey number: 84Opening day age: 27Experience: 5Size: 6’2, 230 lbs.2017 review: Despite him earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors at kickoff returner in 2016, the Minnesota Vikings decided to let Cordarrelle Patterson hit the open market after the end of his rookie deal in 2017. It did not take long for the former first-round draft pick to find a new home: the Oakland Raiders signed Patterson to a two-year, $8.5 million contract – an investment that did not fully work out for the team.Like the Vikings, the Raiders gave Patterson plenty of opportunities to prove himself on both offense and in the kicking game. Serving as Oakland’s number four wide receiver, he was on the field for 42.7% of the team’s offensive snaps (430 of 1,080). A rotational and package-specific option, Patterson was used as both a pass catcher and a ball carrier to take advantage of the vision and athleticism that make him an elite kick returner.However, he failed to establish himself as a regular on the Raiders’ offense and therefore finished the season with a relatively modest 430 yards from scrimmage: Patterson caught 31 passes for 309 yards and received an additional 13 carries for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Solid numbers for a depth wide receiver, but not what is generally expected of a player carrying a $5.6 million salary cap hit.Once again, Patterson’s biggest contributions in terms of impacting field position came on special teams. Overall Adam Butler Jerseys 2019 , he ran back 19 kicks during his 16 games last year, for a combined 538 yards and an average of 28.3 yards per return. Just like on offense, his numbers were solid but could not quite live up to the expectations and price tag with which Patterson entered Oakland in free agency.2018 preview: With Patterson scheduled to hit the Raiders’ salary cap with $3.25 million in 2018, the team decided to place him on the trade market. Oakland found a willing trade partner in mid-March: the Patriots, who acquired Patterson and a sixth-round draft pick for a fifth-round selection – a logical move for New England to make after the team lost both their kickoff returner (Dion Lewis) and a rotational wideout (Danny Amendola) in free agency.Given his rather high cap number and the fact that the Patriots paid a relatively modest price to acquire him, Patterson was no lock to make the team when he joined it. Five months later, this outlook has changed quite a bit: while he has yet to flash his talents as a kickoff returner, the 27-year old received plenty of practice reps and preseason playing time at the wide receiver position.All the uncertainties surrounding the position and his solid performance this summer make Patterson a virtual lock to survive roster cuts. And while it remains to be seen how the team ultimately uses him during the regular season, his athleticism and versatility make for an intriguing chess piece for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to use. And even though he will not be the second coming of Randy Moss, Patterson should turn out to be a solid pickup.
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