New England vs. Detroit: 5 Key Points to Take Away from the Patriots' Debacle

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New England vs. Detroit: 5 Key Points to Take Away from the Patriots' Debacle
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Plain and simple, the Patriots looked awful at every level on Saturday night in the team's third preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

On both sides of the ball, the team struggled to contain the surging Lions.

This was especially true in the case of quarterback Matthew Stafford (12-of-14, 200 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, no interceptions), whose performance made him look like he was the league's reigning MVP, not Tom Brady.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick did not hold back in his postgame press conference, and he had no problem letting the world know just how disappointed he was in his team's performance:

"I don’t feel very good about the job that I did, don’t feel very good about really anything we did tonight. We really weren't competitive, and we've obviously got a lot of work to do. I don't think there's any other solution to that than to go back and work harder, and to correct a lot of mistakes. We need to do everything better."

Even though the Patriots looked phenomenal during their first two preseason games, there is no denying their performance against the Lions highlighted some issues that may need to be addressed before the season begins Sept. 12.

Here are five key points to take away from this true clunker of a game. 

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