Johnson had 101 yards rushing on 16 carries, becoming the first player to reach the mark for the Lions since Reggie Bush ran for 117 yards against Green Bay on November 28, 2013. None reached the century mark for 70 games, the longest drought by any team since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.
"We knew we needed to run the ball and take some of the pressure off Stafford and the receivers if we wanted to win this game", Johnson said. After the Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia, he admitted that he was contemplating retirement.
Stafford hit on 27 of 36 passes for 262 yards with one interception. Gronk was Brady's best target in Week 1, catching nine passes for 183 yards and one touchdown. "We had a positive drive and you would hate to come away from it with no points".
Patricia parlayed his success in that post into his first head coaching job with the Detroit Lions, but he will have to beat Belichick and the visiting Patriots on Sunday night to earn his first career victory.
On Sunday morning prior to the New England Patriots Week 3 game in Detroit against the Lions, it was reported that the two teams had neared an agreement on a Rob Gronkowski trade ahead of the 2018 draft - but the tight end derailed the entire thing by threatening to retire if he were traded. "Brady's my quarterback. That's all. I wasn't going anywhere without Brady", he said.
Lions: DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) was inactive.
Michel played 23 of 48 offensive snaps, and had an overall underwhelming night as he was stopped on two different third-and-1 plays in the first half, and dropped a pass in the second half.
The Patriots vs. Lions game will be broadcast on NBC, and it should be possible to watch the game on any streaming service that carries NBC.