Turnovers are key to success in the NFL.
More often than not, the team that wins the turnover battle wins the game.
The Lions were minus-16 in turnover ratio last year, which ranked 30th in the NFL. Not coincidentally, they finished the season 4-12.
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was looking for more impact players on defense, who could force some of those turnovers, and early indications are that he found a few this offseason.
The Lions came into Thursday's game vs. New England plus-two in the turnover column. Make that plus-six after forcing four Patriots turnovers in the first half.
Two possessions later, Lions linebacker
The fourth and final turnover was a fumble caused by cornerback
Quin and Ansah were the two biggest additions to the Lions defense this offseason and they've already accounted for an interception, forced fumble, fumble recovery and touchdown this preseason.
Jones, the team's other big Day 1 acquisition in free agency, had two sacks in the half.
That's the kind of production Mayhew was looking for.
Too bad they could only turn four turnovers into 13 points and lead 16-3 at the half.