Game Preview: Patriots at Lions

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (0-0) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-0)
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Ford Field (64,500)

The New England Patriots open the 2019 preseason against the Detroit Lions this Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. The Patriots will travel to Detroit for three joint practices with the Lions from Monday, Aug. 5 to Wednesday, Aug. 7, before the teams square off in the 2019 preseason opener at Ford Field.

The Patriots and Lions will play each other for the 10th time in the preseason, with Detroit holding a 6-3 edge in the series. The two teams most recently met in the preseason in 2017, with the Patriots taking a 30-28 win over the Lions in Detroit.

SERIES HISTORY

The New England Patriots will face the Detroit Lions in the preseason for the 10th time in team history and for the seventh time in Detroit. It will also be the fourth straight preseason game against the Lions that will be played at Ford Field. Overall, the Lions are 6-3 against the Patriots in preseason games. The two teams are scheduled for three joint practice sessions prior to the preseason game.

The Patriots and Lions met in Week 3 of the 2018 season in a 26-10 victory by Detroit at Ford Field on Sept. 23, 2018. The Patriots lead the all-time regular season series by a 7-5 margin.

On Nov. 23, 2000, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his NFL debut against the Lions in a 34-9 Detroit win at the Pontiac Silverdome on Thanksgiving Day. Brady entered the game late in the fourth quarter and completed one-of-three passes for 6 yards.

SERIES TRENDS

Overall Regular-Season Record . . . . . . . . . 7-5

Overall at Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium . . 2-2
Gillette Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-0

Overall on Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
Pontiac Silverdome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-2
Ford Field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-1

TALE OF THE TAPE

Table inside Article
2018 REGULAR SEASON NEW ENGLAND DETROIT
Record 11-5 6-10
Divisional Standings 1st 4th
Total Yards Gained 6,295 5,236
Total Offense (Rank) 393.4 (5) 327.3 (24)
Rush Offense 127.3 (5) 103.8 (23)
Pass Offense 266.1 (8) 223.5 (20)
Points Per Game 27.3 (4) 20.3 (25)
Total Yards Allowed 5,746 5,360
Total Defense 359.1 (21) 335.0 (10)
Rush Defense 112.7 (11) 110.1 (10)
Pass Defense 246.4 (22) 224.9 (8)
Points Allowed/Game 20.3 (7) 22.5 (16t)
Possession Avg. 31:05 31:24
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost 21/147 41/268
Sacks Made/Yards 30/238 43/298
Passing TD/Int (off.) 29/11 22/12
Passing TD/Int (def.) 29/18 29/7
Total Touchdowns 51 35
Penalties Against/Yards 93/744 94/852
Punts/Avg. 64/45.1 74/44.7
Field Goals Made/Att. 27/32 28/32
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio +10 (5) -5 (23t)

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by the Patriots Preseason Television Network and can be seen in every New England state, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The preseason network's flagship station is WBZ-TV CBS in Boston. Bob Socci provides the play-by-play and is joined by former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak in the broadcast booth. Former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich will provide sideline analysis along with WBZ's Steve Burton.

PATRIOTS PRESEASON TELEVISION NETWORK

Massachusetts
Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Ch. 4
Springfield, Mass. WWLP-TV Ch. 22

Connecticut
New Haven, Conn. WTNH-TV Ch. 8

Maine
Portland, Maine WMTW-TV Ch. 8
Bangor, Maine WVII-TV Ch. 7

New Hampshire
Manchester, N.H. WMUR-TV Ch. 9

Rhode Island
Providence, R.I. WPRI-TV Ch. 12

Vermont
Burlington, Vt. WCAX-TV Ch. 3

Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska KYUR-TV Ch. 13
Fairbanks, Alaska KATN-TV Ch. 2
Juneau, Alaska KJUD-TV Ch. 8

Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii KFVE-TV Ch. 5

RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network’s 38 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Dan Roche will call the action along with former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, who will provide color analysis. The games are produced by Marc Cappello.

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