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Instant analysis: Lions in a tailspin

The Detroit News
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford walks off the field after being sacked in the first half. Stafford finished 18-of-46 for 264 yards passing and a quarterback rating of 49.5.

Detroit News instant analysis from the Lions' 34-9 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

Rod Beard

Yet again, the offense was a huge disappointment, managing only three field goals, but a couple of drops in the end zone changed the complexion of the game. The defense was good, but there are some serious question marks now with Matthew Stafford and Eric Ebron. The schedule looks favorable now, but they're trailing the Packers by a game and need to get out of this tailspin before facing the Bears on Thanksgiving.