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Notes: Detroit Lions earn A+ grade for game vs. Patriots

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Even the national media had to give it up for the Lions this week.

NFL: New England Patriots at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions have garnered some love.

After a brutal outing against the Jets to start the season and a disappointing loss to the 49ers the following week, the Lions managed to upset the Patriots in prime time.

Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox gave the Lions an A+ for their performance on Sunday. He credited the improved defensive scheme and the effective offensive playcalling for the win. Coupled with finally getting a 100-yard rusher, there were plenty of positives from Matt Patricia’s first career victory.

The Lions received an F in Week 1 and a C- in Week 2. Their season grade currently stands at a C+, but the team showed vast improvements against New England.

  • After a rough start to the season, Frank Ragnow rebounded nicely against the Patriots:

  • Ragnow and his fellow offensive linemen were creating huge holes for the run game. Brandon Thorn breaks down some runs in this thread:

  • The Lions worked out another former New England Patriot this week:

  • Players and fans all over the league are mad about the new “roughing the passer” rules regarding defenders using their entire body weight when landing on quarterbacks. The competition committee reportedly isn’t very happy either, and while they won’t (and can’t) make any rule changes midseason, they may be enforcing the rule differently going forward, according to a Washington Post report.