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Patriots LB Matt Judon gunning for more history after unprecedented start – Boston Herald


FOXBORO — Wearing a uniform designed to honor the franchise’s past, Patriots linebacker Matt Judon made some of his own history Sunday.

With two sacks, Judon became the first Patriots player to start a season with at least one sack in the team’s first five games. Judon dropped Lions quarterback Jared Goff early in the second quarter, then clobbered Goff again closer to halftime of the 29-0 win. His second sack knocked the ball out of Goff’s grasp, and into the hands of Kyle Dugger, who returned it 59 yards for a touchdown.

To that point, the Patriots had contained Detroit’s top-ranked offense in a 6-0 ballgame. But it was Judon’s strip sack that put the game entirely on Patriot terms, allowing them to run the ball with a comfortable lead and force the Lions to play catchup.

“It was obviously a key point in the game,” Pats safety Devin McCourty said. “To get the first touchdown of the game, get some breathing room and to do what we’ve done the last two weeks is score on defense. I think it’s huge.”

Several defenders noted Detroit’s No. 1 ranking and strong offensive line post-game, saying it motivated them. As for Judon, he didn’t put much stock into it, saying he’ll take the Pats’ defensive front over any offense in the league.


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