Lions pull off surprise, beat Patriots

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Half a day before the Detroit Lions and New England Patriots kicked off on a Sunday Night Football showdown won by the Lions, ESPN's Adam Schefter released a report that an offseason trade nearly landed Gronkowski in Detroit as a Lion.

"Yeah. It happened", Gronkowski said. The five-time Pro Bowler is said to have declined calls from Detroit, now coached by Matt Patricia - the former Patriots defensive coordinator - as New England worked to craft a stunning trade in the days leading up to this year's National Football League draft. "Brady's my quarterback. That's all".

This hamstring nonsense could certainly be a cover for Gordon's inability to learn the Pats' complex playbook in just one week, but it's also very likely New England simply doesn't want to play its hand, especially in such a noncompetitive game, following a loss.

That was a scenario the tight end wasn't a fan of.

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Earlier this year, Patriots owner Robert Kraft dismissed a report that the Patriots were trading Gronkowski as "hogwash."

"I think we saw a different offense today and we won. People shouldn't be able to do that".

Through two games this season, Gronkowski has nine catches for 138 yards and a touchdown.

The Packers already got a taste of Mack, who was traded to the Chicago Bears the week before the season opener.