FanPulse: Both Patriots and Lions fans think New England will beat the spread

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join FanPulse.The Matt Patricia era of the Detroit Lions has gotten off to a
slow start with losses to both the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers.
Patricia, the former New England Patriots defensive coordinator, was supposed to
inject the Detroit defense with some new life White
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, but they’ve allowed an average of 39
points per game.In Patricia’s defense, 7 points came on a pick six. It’s a weak
defense.But now Lions fans aren’t believing in their team anymore and it’s
showing up in the data. When we ask fans to predict the final score in our
FanPulse survey, they typically provide homer results with their teams exceeding
the Las Vegas projection. This isn’t the case with Detroit.The Patriots are
7-point favorites over the Lions and Pats Pulpit readers believe New England
will win by 10 points. This is similar to the 4.5-point homer edge both Patriots
and Jaguars fans had in week 2 and 1-point homer edge the Patriots fans had and
8-point homer edge (!!) that Texans fans had in week 1.Instead of leaning
towards their team, Lions fans project the Patriots to win by 9 points. Lions
fans are so down on their team they expect New England to cover the spread.
That’s not good.I mean, I hope they’re right and that the Patriots crush the
Lions ,
but that’s just disheartening to see. All I have to say is that the Patriots
started the Bill Belichick era 0-4 and eventually 2-8, before turning it around
in season two and going on a pretty solid run of success. Give Patricia
time.2018 Patriots roster cuts: New England releases wide receiver K.J. Maye The
New England Patriots’ roster is down to 73 players after the team has parted
ways with another one of its depth players. According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, the
team will move on from wide receiver K.J. Maye – the second time that New
England parts ways with him:K.J. Maye went unselected during the 2016 NFL draft
and was picked up by the New York Giants as a free agent. However, he was unable
to stick with the team and was on the open market from August to December 2016,
when the Tennessee Titans added him to their practice squad. The Titans
ultimately signed the 5’8 ,
190 lbs wideout to a futures contract after his rookie year, but decided to
waive him shortly afterwards – paving his way to joining the Patriots for the
first time.Maye spent 2017’s training camp with the defending world champions
but failed to make the roster and subsequently spent the entire season out of
football. He was re-signed by the Patriots ahead of the preseason finale earlier
last week but was not expected to make the team but instead offer depth at a
wide receiver position that is lacking just that at the moment. Maye could
return via the practice squad.
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