Detroit Lions shut out by Patriots, beaten by rookie QB, 29-0

Detroit Lions shut out by Patriots, beaten by rookie QB, 29-0

FOXBORO, Mass. — It could have been worse. At least the New England Patriots didn’t try to carry Matt Patricia off the field on their shoulders in celebration.

The Detroit Lions played their worst all-around game of the season on Sunday, failing to score a point with their top-ranked offense and making Bailey Zappe look like a young Tom Brady in a 29-0 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Zappe, in his first career start, completed 17 of 21 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown with Patricia, the ex-Lions coach and former defensive coordinator, calling plays for the Patriots on offense.

JEFF SEIDEL:This shouldn’t be acceptable: Lions outplayed, outcoached. Ugh!

The Lions, who led the NFL in total and scoring offense entering Sunday, finished with a season-low 312 yards in a game that was somewhat reminiscent of their loss to the Buffalo Bills in 2014, when Bills players celebrated by hoisting former Lions coach Jim Schwartz — their then-defensive coordinator — on their shoulders after the game.

Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon, left, sacks Lions quarterback Jared Goff, center, during the first half on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

The Lions had not been shutout since Nov. 22, 2020, in Patricia’s second-to-last game as Lions coach.

They head to their bye week 1-4, losers of three straight, in last place in the NFC North and with a slew of injury problems across their roster.

On Sunday, the Lions de-activated struggling starting cornerback Amani Oruwariye and benched safety DeShon Elliott, then lost three other defensive backs to injury. Saivion Smith, who started in place of Elliott, suffered a neck injury in the first quarter and was taken to a local hospital, and Will Harris (snout) and Ifatu Melifonwu (ankle) left the game with injuries and did not return.

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