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NFL Week 5 Game Recap: New England Patriots 29, Detroit Lions 0

Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) throws a pass during the first half against the Detroit Lions at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe was highly efficient in his first career start, leading New England to a 29-0 Week 5 win over the Detroit Lions. Zappe was 17-of-21 for 188 yards with a touchdown and interception. He had no turnover-worthy plays, since his interception came on a drop by wide receiver Nelson Agholor, and one big-time throw.

Offensive spotlight: Running back Rhamondre Stevenson became the Patriots’ bell-cow back after Damien Harris was ruled out with a hamstring injury. Stevenson carried the ball 25 times for 161 yards, with 113 of those coming after contact. He also caught two passes for 14 yards and forced nine total missed tackles on the afternoon.

Defensive spotlight: The Lions’ secondary struggled with injuries and performance on Sunday against Zappe. Cornerback Mike Hughes, however, allowed three catches on four targets for just two yards in the game.

Rookie spotlight: Patriots rookie cornerback Jack Jones allowed just two catches on three targets for 37 yards and intercepted Lions quarterback Jared Goff. It was his second interception in as many weeks after he had a pick-six against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week.

Offensive line spotlight: The Lions’ offensive line let up 15 pressures on 36 dropbacks, pending review. Evan Brown replaced Logan Stenberg at right guard for the second half. Right tackle Penei Sewell and left tackle Taylor Decker each let up a sack and three hurries. Center Frank Ragnow allowed four hurries.


Box Score

Passing
Detroit Lions
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Jared Goff 7.86 19 / 35 229 6.5 0 1
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Bailey Zappe 11.02 17 / 21 188 9 1 1
Rushing
Detroit Lions
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Craig Reynolds 12.2 6 24 4 0 19
Jared Goff 7.86 3 7 2.3 0 5
Jamaal Williams 5.6 15 56 3.7 0 13
Justin Jackson 1.4 3 14 4.7 0 11
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Rhamondre Stevenson 22.5 25 161 6.4 0 49
Bailey Zappe 11.02 5 5 1 0 5
Damien Harris 2.2 4 11 2.8 0 9
Kendrick Bourne 1 1 -1 -1 0 -1
Receiving
Detroit Lions
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Josh Reynolds 15.2 10 6 92 9.2 0
Craig Reynolds 12.2 3 3 68 22.7 0
Kalif Raymond 9.5 7 5 45 6.4 0
Amon-Ra St. Brown 5.8 6 4 18 3 0
T.J. Hockenson 1.6 4 1 6 1.5 0
Justin Jackson 1.4 1 0 0 0 0
Tom Kennedy 0 1 0 0 0 0
New England Patriots
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Jakobi Meyers 27.1 8 7 111 13.9 1
Rhamondre Stevenson 22.5 2 2 14 7 0
Hunter Henry 9.4 5 4 54 10.8 0
Tyquan Thornton 2.7 3 2 7 2.3 0
Damien Harris 2.2 1 1 1 1 0
Kendrick Bourne 1 1 1 1 1 0
Nelson Agholor 0 1 0 0 0 0

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