New England Patriots almost traded Rob Gronkowski to the Detroit Lions

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New England is 45-6 after a loss since the 2003 season, last dropping back-to-back regular-season games in 2015.

On rookie Kerryon Johnson's big day (101 rushing yards on 16 carries). In Detroit, Kerryon Johnson became the first Lion in nearly four years to log a 100-yard rushing game as Detroit rolled up 159 rush yards on 33 carries for 4.8 yards a run.

Jason McCourty took the place of injured Eric Rowe as the starting cornerback opposite of Stephon Gilmore and struggled. The absence of Patrick Chung pushed Cyrus Jones into a new role at safety, something we have not see any of in Jones' time with New England up until Sunday night. He was getting blocked easily in the run game and can not keep up in pass coverage. Perhaps, that led to the Patriots shopping the All-Pro around.

The offense seemed to be centered around feeding the ball to Sony Michel, which became frustrating late in the game. "He's got to be involved", Brady said of White.

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The play-calling on the offensive side of the ball was vanilla as well. "I was probably winning state or something, I don't know". Instead, Gronk didn't want to play for any other team than the Patriots as long as Brady was the quarterback. Dorsett didn't register a catch and Hogan had three for 31 yards.

Still, last night's game was up +18% from SNF's Game 3 last season (Washington Redskins - Oakland Raiders), which hit a then-season-low 11.6/20 at the height of the fall 2017 players protests during the national anthem, and the highest-rated Week 3 game since 2015.

"It wasn't like they reinvented the defense out there, it was really just us not doing a good job of anything", Brady said.

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