Matt Patricia “more nervous” about facing Aaron Rodgers after beating him

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The Detroit Lions will face the Green Bay Packers on Monday night for the first of two meetings with their NFC North division rival this season.

Last year, the Lions beat the Packers in both of their meetings. A 31-23 win in October came against Aaron Rodgers while a 31-0 win in Week 17 came mostly against DeShone Kizer at quarterback as Rodgers was knocked out of the game with a concussion after just nine snaps.

Lions head coach Matt Patricia knows the challenge that Rodgers presents and isn’t exactly eager about facing him knowing his team got the better of Rodgers last season.

I think for us, it’s all about this year,” Patricia said Tuesday, via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “Probably makes me more nervous than anything, to be honest with you, just knowing what a competitor he is.

“So from my standpoint it’s all about trying to prepare and get ready this year and the things that they’re doing this year. Certainly they’re in a really good spot and they’re operating at a very high level, so we’ve got a big task in front of us.”

Rodgers passed for 442 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions first win over Green Bay last season. That Packers team was spiraling to a 6-9-1 record. This year’s Packers team is 4-1 and leading the NFC North through the first five weeks of the year. Patricia fully expects Rodgers to be a dangerous proposition for his team this week and know the competitive nature he’ll bring to the field on Monday night.

“I think you guys know me well enough to know that I’m extremely competitive,” he said. “I want to win and everything I do I try to make sure I do it to the best of my abilities.

“But when you’re staring across the line of scrimmage at Aaron Rodgers, you know you’ve got a long day of work in front of you.”

23 responses to “Matt Patricia “more nervous” about facing Aaron Rodgers after beating him

  1. Sounds like a coach who either doesn’t have the horses, the game plan and/or the confidence to make adjustments with the players and game plan.

    Weak. Not sure what these backhanded compliments to Rodgers do, especially when it makes you look uncertain as a leader of a team. And this isn’t the Superbowl, it’s week 4.

  2. Stop putting Rodgers on this imaginary pedestal. He has shown in the last couple years that he’s very beatable.

  3. I have to tip my hat to Matt Patricia He has turned things around for that team.My thoughts all he needs is a Quarterback and they can make some noise.

  4. Make no mistake, the Lions have won 4 in a row…and that’s all that matters. Scoreboard, brothers. It makes no difference whether or not Aaron Rodgers played or not, or was injured or not. The Lions have won four in a row.

    The Lions have put on a pretty display of football this year and deserve to be where they’re at. It’s all about the W’s kiddies. Welcome to THE GAME. Everything else is pure, unadulterated internet crap.

    Stafford is and always has been a good QB who has been surrounded with some pretty marginal talent, or, has been hurt (early on his career). This is going to be a great game and it’s too bad it’s going to be wasted on Monday Night Football. This year, Stafford has an O.C. who is not afraid to put that ball up in the air – Bevell is the difference maker.

    Speaking as an old timer Packers’ fan who was INSIDE Lambeau before most of you were born, THIS Detroit team is for real. A more real concern to me than the Vikes and a more complete team than Chicago – with all due respect to both teams, the Lions are just being put together the right way.

    IF the Pack win this game, I hope it’s by an indisputable large margin and the officiating crew from the Dallas game do not show up.

    Go Pack!!

  5. Reality sets in for the Lions this week. Lions fans will be cursing out Patricia in a matter of weeks after the Lions drop two in a row and fall to 0-2 in that division.

  6. Every game in the NFL, every week, is a challenge for every team. This game is no different.

  7. rparrott4 says:
    October 9, 2019 at 4:29 am
    Stop putting Rodgers on this imaginary pedestal. He has shown in the last couple years that he’s very beatable.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Maybe, but he’s still the biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success this season. Nothing’s changed.

  8. 2ndstringqbshredsPatriots(Patricia) says:
    October 9, 2019 at 7:46 am
    Reality sets in for the Lions this week. Lions fans will be cursing out Patricia in a matter of weeks after the Lions drop two in a row and fall to 0-2 in that division

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    Hard to be 0-2 when this is the first conference game we will be playing.

    GB may beat us this week but it will be a hard win, as for the Vikings and Bears go ahead and wake me when they get real QBs

  9. 2ndstringqbshredsPatriots(Patricia) says:
    October 9, 2019 at 7:46 am
    Reality sets in for the Lions this week. Lions fans will be cursing out Patricia in a matter of weeks after the Lions drop two in a row and fall to 0-2 in that division

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    Hard to be 0-2 when this is the first conference game we will be playing.

    GB may beat us this week but it will be a hard win, as for the Vikings and Bears go ahead and wake me when they get real QBs.
    Until then have a great view from the basement

  10. stellarperformance says:

    October 9, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Every game in the NFL, every week, is a challenge for every team. This game is no different.

    __________________

    Tell that to anyone playing the Jets, Bengals, Dolphins or Redskins. 0-18 combined record with a point spread of -330. That’s through 5 weeks people. That is all-time horrible.

  11. You’re so triggered, can’t wait to watch the Bears and Vikings sweep your pathetic Lions again. 0-2 in the division has nothing to do with the conference, gee wiz you are so triggered you can’t even think. Packers and Vikings are your division and you will be 0-2 no matter how delusional you try to sound.

  12. It’s not Bears vs. Packers, but it is a storied and great rivalry. The Packers lead the series 100-72-7. The Packers have gotton the better of the Lions in most decades except the 1950’s. The early and mid 90’s featured some great games, some of which I enjoyed attending at both County Stadium in Milwaukee and at Lambeau. The Packers completely owned the Lions from 1999 to 2017. Always good hard nosed football games no matter either teams record and the same holds true today.

    The Lions have won the last 2 years and Matt Patricia knows he will be facing a different beast this season than he did last year.

    Lambeau Field at night is electric and this will be a can’t miss game for all of you reading this.

    Let’s do this Detroit.👊

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  13. Facts are an indelible.
    And the facts are the Lions have had the Packers’ number over the last couple of seasons.
    No excuses
    In fact, they’ve actually kicked the Packers around more than a few times.

    Monday night, Green Bay can reverse that course decisively and take a stranglehold on the division.
    No, I don’t think it will be easy.
    This is a new and improved Lions team from what I’ve seen of them, and despite the slings and arrows Stafford usually suffers through, he’s a Damn good QB.

    I’m looking forward to this important Monday night match up as I’ll be there personally to witness it.
    Hopefully it goes better for the Titletown faithful than years past.
    Can’t Wait!!!

  14. I’m not sure what to make of either team. GB gets gashed in the run game, and wins. Lions get gashed in the run game and win. Lions throw the ball all over and lose. GB has trouble throwing and wins.

    To me this game will be a litmus test for both.

  15. This is a different Detroit team — division games are always tough. It’s good to see the Loins winning for the Detroit fans — only not, hopefully, when in Green Bay Monday nite.

  16. Some stats that may surprise. Lions hold longer win streak against Packers at 11 packers vs Lions 10, Lions are 4 games into trying to break it now as Packers have lost last 4 games. That means you have not beat us since 2016

  17. LetsgoLions says:
    October 9, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Some stats that may surprise. Lions hold longer win streak against Packers at 11 packers vs Lions 10, Lions are 4 games into trying to break it now as Packers have lost last 4 games. That means you have not beat us since 2016

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    Credit where credit is due — Loins deserves it for their turnaround vs Green Bay.

    But Monday nite — new game, new season — national audience.

    It’s why they play the games.

  18. willkeepdrinkingthekoolaid says:
    October 9, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Hard to be 0-2 when this is the first conference game we will be playing.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This will be the 3rd conference game, but the 1st divisional one.

  19. jimmygeewhiz says:
    October 9, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    This is a different Detroit team — division games are always tough. It’s good to see the Loins winning for the Detroit fans — only not, hopefully, when in Green Bay Monday nite.

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    Yeah totally enjoy your two wins in five weeks. The Lions haven’t changed and you will see them be 2-2-1 and then 2-3-1 and then 2-4-1 and then 2-5-1 and you will be calling for Patricia to be fired and same ‘ol lions! You’re as delusional as they can come kid!

  20. Stafford has been there for ten years and hasn’t even won a playoff game, these are definitely different Lions guys!!!

    LoLions!!!!!!

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