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DETROIT (AP) — Kerryon Johnson was drafted to help Detroit’s woeful running game.He’s already reached one significant mark Zach Gentry Jersey , becoming the Lions‘ first 100-yard rusher in almost five years.Johnson ran for 101 yards Sunday night, and Detroit beat the New England Patriots 26-10 . It was the first time a player on the Lions ran for 100 yards in a game since Nov. 28, 2013, when Reggie Bush did it. The home crowd appeared well aware of the streak, cheering loudly when Johnson’s stats were put on the scoreboard.“I know there’s kind of stigmatism of the run game around here and however long it’s been since we’ve run the ball well,” Detroit coach Matt Patricia said. “I don’t really think that’s fair to these guys that are this year’s team. They’re trying to do a great job running the ball this year.”Johnson, a rookie from Auburn, was effective throughout the game. Detroit established the run early and ended up with a huge edge in time of possession. The Lions controlled the ball for 39:15.“We just didn’t do anything well enough to give ourselves a chance to win,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.The Patriots (1-2) allowed 13 points before they could manage a single first down. They pulled within three points in the third quarter, but Matthew Stafford’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones made it 20-10, and New England’s offense bogged down again after that.The Lions (1-2) outgained the Patriots 414-209, and that was only after New England picked up 52 yards on a meaningless drive at the end.Here are a few more things we learned in Detroit’s surprising victory:PATRICIA WINSPatricia’s outlook in Detroit now looks a lot better after he beat his former boss. Patricia came to the Lions in the offseason after being part of Belichick’s staff with the Patriots. His debut in Detroit couldn’t have gone much worse — the Lions lost their opener at home to the New York Jets, 48-17, then fell to San Francisco on the road.The performance against New England gave fans a lot more to cheer about.“I really thought the fans were just unbelievable tonight,” Patricia said. “The games are hard. There are a lot of things that go on in the game and it goes up and down and the ebbs and flows of it, but just having the constant fans kind of backing all the way through the game tonight, even when things don’t necessarily go the way you want them to go and knowing that you still have the crowd behind you and they’re still cheering and they’re still making an impact on the opponent. It was a big advantage for us.”FUNKWith Julian Edelman suspended, New England looked abysmal offensively for much of this game. Rob Gronkowski had four catches for 51 yards, but Brady threw for only 133 yards L.J. Collier Jersey , his fewest since Dec. 28, 2014, against Buffalo.“It wasn’t like they reinvented the defense out there, it was really just us not doing a good job of anything,” Brady said. “Run game, pass game, we didn’t do enough to advance the ball forward.”TEAM EFFORTJohnson was productive with the ball, but Detroit’s offensive line deserves a lot of the credit for the Lions’ long-awaited rushing milestone. The line blocked well in the running game and allowed only one sack.FLAT EARLYNew England certainly should have been motivated for this prime-time game after losing to Jacksonville the previous weekend, but the Patriots were manhandled early by Detroit. With 4:58 left in the second quarter, the Lions had huge edges in first downs (14-0), yards (196-13) and time of possession (20:46-4:16). New England was somewhat fortunate to be down only 13-0 at that point.Asked what his team needed to do to play better team defense, Belichick was succinct: “Everything.”UP NEXTThe Patriots suddenly face an intriguing September matchup next weekend when they host Miami. The unbeaten Dolphins have a chance to put New England in a three-game hole in the AFC East.Detroit plays at Dallas. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Fournette slipped off his sweaty cleats, signed each one and then handed them to a young fan after practice.The youngster carefully walked away with Fournette’s gold-colored shoes, making sure not to touch the drying ink. After all, the memorabilia could appreciate in value if the Jacksonville Jaguars running back gets his NFL career turned around.Fournette spoke publicly for the first time in nearly six months Friday, finally addressing the worst season in his 24 years and everything that’s happened since. He was injured, suspended and on the bench in crunch time. He was fined, criticized and admittedly not in ideal shape late in the year.The Jaguars voided the remaining guarantees in his rookie contract following his one-game suspension for fighting http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.com/marquise-blair-jersey-authentic , and personnel chief Tom Coughlin ripped him for being “disrespectful” and “selfish” during the season finale. Adding to the chaos, Fournette was arrested last month for driving with a suspended license.“It’s a new year,” Fournette said following practice. “We have a new team. We’re focused and we have new players. It’s a new year for us, so it’s a new everything. It’s a clean start for a lot of us guys. We’re not focused on the past. The past’s the past.“Some things I did, whether it was offseason and I admitted to, yeah I was wrong. We moved on. We’re in a good place right now.”The Jaguars were in a tough spot without Fournette last season, unable to run the ball with any consistency after building the offense around the former LSU star and fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.He finished with 439 yards rushing and five touchdowns in eight games after running for 1,040 yards and nine scores as a rookie. He’s missed 11 games in two seasons, including two because of suspensions.“Everybody has a bad year, so I don’t feel like I’ve got to prove myself to no one,” Fournette said.The team probably feels otherwise.Jacksonville completely revamped its running backs room around Fournette, firing position coach Tyrone Wheatley and parting ways with backups T.J. Yeldon, Carlos Hyde and Corey Grant.Coach Doug Marrone hired 64-year-old Terry Robiskie, who, like Fournette, was born and raised in New Orleans and attended LSU, as running backs coach. They also added veteran Alfred Blue (another LSU alum) to be Fournette’s backup.And even though they signed quarterback and former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to upgrade one of the NFL’s most anemic offenses, Fournette is still expected to be the centerpiece under new coordinator John DeFilippo.“He’s going to be a major reason for where our offense goes,” DeFilippo said. “I’m not going to sugarcoat that. Leonard Fournette needs to be a big part of this offense. The harder he works D.K. Metcalf Jersey , which he is right now, I think that’s not only going to be good for our offense, but good for our team.”Fournette said he weighs 226 pounds, down 14 pounds from the end of last season.He spent part of this offseason training in Dallas and then went to Wyoming to work with his college strength and conditioning coach in hopes of getting back to his “foundation.”“I kind of put a lot on myself this offseason, like getting my body right,” Fournette said. “Just mentally coming back ready to play football. No distractions. Leaving the outside stuff where it’s at. I think that’s one of the biggest things that us players. … We face a lot of problems, you know what I mean?“We have a lot of issues, and if we’re not right with ourselves and then we come out on this field, we’re not going to be right in the game.”Getting Fournette back on track is one of Jacksonville’s top priorities. Coaches believe he’s got the talent to be one of the best backs in the league — a guy whose worn cleats would be a collector’s item — but they have to keep him healthy, in shape, motivated and focused.“Those young guys at that age, I always think they need a little more push, a little bit more guidance, a little bit more leadership,” Robiskie said. “Leonard is one of those guys.He’s got the ambition. He’s got the heart.“I think he wants to win. I don’t think he wants to win a game. I think he wants to be a part of something special. I think he wants to win a Super Bowl, and I think the year before last, that little taste that he had, I think that kind of helped push it a little bit more.”

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