Other former Patriot players who may have some mental cliff-notes of what New England is scheming are Matt Cassel, Marquis Flowers, Tavon Wilson, and Ricky Jean Francios.
ON TIME REACTIONS- Fourth and short and the Patriots choose to punt. I'm not sure which was the bigger miracle the defense jumping off sides or the entire Patriots punting unit standing there dumbfounded. Regardless, I expect the team will be ready to react to future jumps by opponents.
STOP STAFFORD- When it comes to play selection, the Detroit Lions typically are a pass first team. Assuming the Patriots can take an early lead Stafford will probably heave it up about 50 times tonight. Since Stafford is actually a pretty good quarterback with lots of film available, the Patriots defense is likely to make him look rather pedestrian. Expect to see a few interceptions collected by the Patriots defense.
BIG GAME FROM BRADY- While it's possible that a Brady led offense has had two bad games in a row, I can't recall it happening. I do expect Brady to connect with at least 6 different teammates today.