3 up, 3 down for Patriots


DETROIT -- A look at three players/units whose performance is "up" and three players/units whose performance is "down" from the Patriots' 45-24 win over the Lions:


Tom Brady -- Quarterback takes a pounding early but shows his resolve in finishing 21 of 27 for 341 yards and four touchdowns. He has not thrown an interception in 199 pass attempts, which sets a new Patriots record.

Devin McCourty -- Rookie cornerback finishes with two interceptions, the first of which comes early in the third quarter and is pointed to by coaches and players from both teams as a key turning point in the game.

Wes Welker/Deion Branch -- Welker finishes with 8 catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns, while Branch totals totals 3 receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns (one a career-long 79-yard TD).


Brandon Tate -- Receiver drops a long pass for one of Tom Brady's six incompletions and also can't get anything going on kickoff returns. He does contribute with a 17-yard run on an end-around in the fourth quarter.

Kickoff return unit -- One of the most explosive units in all of football through the first four games of the season, they are dominated by the Lions. That unit consists of Danny Woodhead, Dane Fletcher, Sergio Brown, Tracy White, Rob Ninkovich, James Sanders, Alge Crumpler, Dan Connolly, Rob Gronkowski, Sammy Morris and Brandon Tate.

Overall defense -- The Lions total 285 passing yards and 129 rushing yards, while converting 7 of 14 third-down conversions.