Johnson: Lions 'need to win a Super Bowl' The Detroit Lions have been a stranger to success, but some members of the 2014 version are bullish on their chances this season, including the team's best player.
Hernandez judge: Medical records relevant Judge Raymond Veary said that scouting/combine reports on Aaron Hernandez are relevant, but whether the defense gets them won't be determined until another hearing takes place July 22.
Joyner: No. 1 secondary? Pats over Hawks There's no question the Seattle Seahawks ended the 2013 season with the league's most dominant secondary. But the New England Patriots look poised to steal that title from them in 2014.
Tom Brady last faced the Lions in a regular season game in 2010 on Thanksgiving. That day, Brady had a half for the ages. Trailing 17-10 at halftime, Brady and the Patriots outscored the Lions, 35-7. Brady threw 4 touchdowns, the most he's ever thrown in a 2nd half.
His Total QBR of 98.9 is the 2nd highest he's had in a 2nd half with a minimum of 10 action plays.
Highest Total QBR in 2nd Half - Tom Brady Since 2008
2012 Week 4
2010 Week 12
2009 Week 9
2010 Week 3
* Minimum 10 action plays
The Patriots allowed 40 points Thursday night.
That's something they've done just 3 times in the regular season or the playoffs in the Bill Belichick era (since 2000).
And it's something they've NEVER done on the road under Belichick.
This is NOT what you call progress. The Patriots had 10 drives with Tom Brady in the game ... a figure that includes a kneel down at the end of the first half. They had more turnovers ... 4 ... then they did points.