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5 things Lions must do to beat Patriots

Do the Lions actually have a chance to beat Tom Brady and the elite Patriots? Of course there is a chance, but they will have to play nearly a perfect game. Here are five things they must do to have a chance:

1. Play with anger on every snap in every quarter in every minute.

2. Find some way to run the ball by sharing snaps with Jahvid Best on a limited basis. Maurice Morris needs to step up like he did last week with 10 carries at Dallas. Jerome Felton likely blew his chance to be a part of the offense when he fumbled the ball in the third quarter against the Cowboys.

3. Again, get the ball to Calvin Johnson. No explanation necessary.

4. Defense must stop Tom Brady from making big plays. This is a tall order, but it can be done.

5. Special teams must do its share. It’s not good enough to be error-free, they are counted on for good field position and perhaps a score would not hurt.

Prediction: Patriots 28, Lions 24

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