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Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots: First half open thread

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NFL: New England Patriots at Detroit Lions Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions have been given a gift from the football gods. Both the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings—fairly heavy favorites in Week 3—lost their games earlier on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Cardinals couldn’t complete the trifecta, blowing a 14-point lead to the Chicago Bears in the late games.

Either way, the Lions have a golden opportunity to completely change the narrative of the 2018 season in one night. A win over the Patriots, however improbable as it may seem, would put the Lions just a game away from first place in the NFC North, and a half game behind both the Packers and Vikings.

But in order to pull of such an upset the Lions need to look a lot different than they have in the previous two weeks. In both games, the Lions fell behind by three scores, and only last week in San Francisco were they able to work their way back into the game. The defense has looked bad, the offense inconsistent. But Sunday night is a new day, and as we saw all day on Sunday, teams can look drastically different week-to-week.

So join us as the Lions try to pull of the upset and notch their first win of the season.

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