You don’t want to play the Detroit Lions in Week 3 under Matt Patricia

The Detroit Lions won a game!

I know, I know. The exclamation point is a little much. But hey, it’s the Lions, and the bar has been low since 1957. 

OK. That’s not quite fair. After all, the Lions’ 26-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday isn’t as surprising as it seems. 

Yes, the Lions were 5 1/2-point underdogs on the road. 

And, yes, they hadn’t won a game in 336 days, a streak dating back exactly 11 months to Oct. 27, when they beat the New York Giants, 31-26, at Ford Field. 

But this was Week 3. And the Lions don’t lose in Week 3 under Matt Patricia. 

Why? I have no idea. You’re better off asking Bobby Layne, the mastermind of all this chaos. 

Here are the cold, hard facts for a coach who is now 10-24-1 with the Lions but 3-0 on Week 3: 

  • 2018: beats New England Patriots, 26-10, at Ford Field; Patriots go on to win the Super Bowl. 
  • 2019: beats the Eagles in Philadelphia, 27-24; Eagles make the playoffs as a wild card. 
  • 2020: beats the Cardinals in Arizona, 26-23, on Matt Prater’s 39-yard field goal after intercepting Kyler Murray three times. 

We’re not quite sure how Patricia does it. But if Week 3 were the entire NFL season, we wouldn’t have to keep talking about 1957 and some curse by some guy named Bobby Layne. 

Here’s a snapshot of the reaction to the win: 

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Chris Thomas is the sports editor at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas.

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