OPPOSING VIEWS: Stafford Not Afraid of Patriots Defense

Ian Logue
August 27, 2011 at 09:25am ET

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While putting together this morning's Patriots links, I came accross these stories out of Detroit on how they're viewing tonight's game:

The Detroit Free Press has an article on second year cornerback Alphonso Smith, who talked about last year's "public undressing" the Patriots gave the Lions on Thanksgiving.

MLive.com has an article on the fact tonight's game will be a good barometer for the Lions against a Patriots team that is a Super Bowl favorite.

They also have an article on the fact their defensive line needs that they can get to Tom Brady and put pressure on him tonight.

The Detroit Free Press takes a look back at how Brady has fared during his four meetings against the Lions.

Nick Meyer of the Free Press has a live blog that will be updated throughout the game.  If you're interested in following it from a Lions perspective, this is the link.

Carlos Monarrez of the Free Press has an article on Matthew Stafford, who isn't concerned about potentially getting knocked around tonight by New England's defense.

Dave Birkett of the Free Press has his "What to Watch For Tonight", and writes that Strafford's barely been touched this preseason and feels "that something has to give".

And finally, The Detroit News has their keys to the game, and wonders how their secondary will fare against Brady and the Patriots receivers.