Watching the New England Patriots get their helmets handed to them last night by the Detroit Lions was a laugher. After watching Coach Bill play his Dark Side mind tricks all these years, I have a feeling, he wouldn't have wanted it any other way. Even with Brady starting the game, (which did surprise me a little), the Pats were mistakes waiting to happen. Simple basics like protecting the ball, committing to the route by receivers and just plain common sense eluded the club from Foxboro. What happened in practice this past week? Was Bill playing Angry Birds on his smartphone? I doubt it. I think Bill hands out enough rope at times to let his players hang themselves and then lets them relive it all on film the following week and beats them mercilessly in practice. Bill retakes power when he needs to. If he sees the inmates are starting to run the asylum, he lets them have some fun and then rubs their faces in whatever mess they make. Last night was a catastrophe to watch. But I know better. Look for the Patriots to pull it all together and come out disciplined and up to form next time. Oh...one more thing, the last time the Lions beat the Pats in preseason, the Pats won the Superbowl that year....Nice job by the Lions last night though. Thanks for exposing the Patriots and giving Bill all he needs to know to get this team back on track.