DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The Lions pounded the Patriots 40-to-9 last night at Ford Field in the third pre-season game for each team with the outcome leaving both clubs with 2-and-1 records. The Detroit defense dominated, especially in the first half when they forced four New England turnovers. The Lion’s first team offense was suspect, failing for the most part to take advantage of their favorable field position because of the turnovers. Detroit played again without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who was held out with a bruised knee. However, safety Louis Delmas saw his first preseason action after missing much of training camp with a knee injury. Delmas forced a one yard loss on his first series and on his second, recovered a fumble. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 12-of-25 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown while Reggie Bush caught 5 passes for 103 yards. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played the entire first half under center for the Patriots, who turned the ball over 4 times in their first five drives. Brady finished 16-of-24 passing for 185 yards with an interception.
The Lions wrap up their pre-season next Thursday in Buffalo against the Bills. Detroit’s regular season opener is September 8th at home against the Vikings. Next Tuesday, rosters need to be cut down to 75 players. It drops to 53 a week from tomorrow on August 31st.