Head coach Matt Patricia to play for win in Detroit Lions’ meaningless finale vs. Green Bay
By MATT SCHOCH
ALLEN PARK — Don’t tell Matt Patricia his Lions have nothing to play for this week.
“I’d like to think that we’re playing for something every game,” Patricia said. “That’s my mindset. We’re trying to play to go win. Doesn’t matter what the situation is, doesn’t matter what the opponent is playing for, doesn’t matter anything other than we’re trying to go out there and do the best job we can to give ourselves a chance to win.”
In reality, his Lions have been coasting to a stop for weeks, as Sunday’s 27-17 loss to Denver was their eighth straight.
At 3-11-1, only draft positioning is at stake in Sunday’s season finale against the Green Bay Packers. Detroit is currently slotted at No. 3 in the draft order, but could end up second to fifth.
A loss on Sunday also would make it the franchise’s longest losing streak since the winless 2008 campaign.
For that one, the Lions could look to Kyle Sloter as their fourth starting quarterback of the season this week after David Blough’s struggles continued at Denver.
The Lions rushed for 4.6 yards per carry, their fourth-highest average in a game this season. The team got its first look at the tandem of Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough together in the backfield. Rivals from Auburn and Alabama, respectively, the pair could be a nice two-headed monster next season behind quarterback Matthew Stafford.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
The team’s 95 passing yards were a season-low by nearly half and only Kenny Golladay had more than two catches. Stafford’s been out since Nov. 3, with Jeff Driskel going 0-3 and then Blough going 0-4.