The Detroit Lions are alone in first place in the NFC North for the first time since Week 3 of the 2017 season, but Lions coach Matt Patricia — as you’d expect — had no interest in reveling in the fact Friday.
“Yeah, we’re just — none of that really matters,” Patricia said at his morning news conference. “We’re just trying to go play well this weekend.”
The Lions host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Ford Field in a battle of two of the seven remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL.
The Lions (2-0-1) entered the week a half game behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North standings, based on their Week 1 tie with the Arizona Cardinals, but the Packers (3-1) failed to convert on two fourth-quarter red-zone drives Thursday night and suffered their first loss of the year to the Philadelphia Eagles.
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The NFC North remains the only division in the NFL with all four teams above .500, but that should change this weekend as the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, both 2-1, meet at Soldier Field.
The Lions could set themselves apart in the tightly knit division with a win over a Chiefs team that’s considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender, and Patricia said that’s the approach he’s taken this week.
“Look, every one of these teams (in the NFL) has the ability to win and to make it not look really good, so if you don’t just stay consistent with it then things tend to get out of whack as far as that’s concerned,” Patricia said. “So there’s going to be good games, there’s going to be tough games, there’s going to be not so good games and we just got to try to improve as we go through. Other than that, that’s really just what our focus, just staying consistent with it.”
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The Lions are undefeated through three games for the first time since 2011, when they finished 10-6 but took second place in the NFC North behind the 15-1 Packers.
In 2017, the Lions started 2-0 while every other team in the division suffered at least one loss in their first two games. The Lions lost a Week 3 game to the Atlanta Falcons that year on a controversial final play at the goal line, and went on to finish 9-7 and miss the playoffs.
Patricia was hired as head coach in February of 2018, and the Lions started 0-2 and went 6
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Published at Fri, 27 Sep 2019 18:28:14 +0000