NFC Notes: Lions, Packers, Vikings



The Lions and HC Matt Patricia got a huge win on Sunday, toppling the 2-0 Cardinals to move Detroit to 1-2 on the season. It was a big step toward calming the waters around the team, particularly concerning Patricia’s job status. While he acknowledged he and the team fully enjoyed the win, Patricia added he’s not getting too high or too low. 

“Again, I don’t ride the roller coaster,” Patricia said via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “I just have to stay consistent. I think it’s hard to lead if you ride the roller coaster. I think it’s hard to exist in this world of competitive football if you ride that roller coaster because I think when you do that, you just hope it stops when you’re at the high point and not the down point.”

  • The Lions still have a roster exemption for S Jayron Kearse and will need to clear a spot as he is set to return from a three-game suspension. Detroit could also be bringing back Mike Ford and RB Bo Scarbrough from injured reserve soon. (Dave Birkett)


Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers spoke highly of the job HC Matt LaFleur has done calling plays and trusting his players this year. 

“We’ve gotten in a good flow,” Rodgers said, via “I feel like again Matt got into a really nice flow with the calls. We did a nice job on third down for the most part and were opportunistic with some big plays when we needed it. We got a lot of guys involved; I think we had a number of guys catch passes. We had a number of guys who we needed to play well, played well.”


  • Per Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the Vikings plan to treat game planning this week like it’s a short week ahead of a Thursday night game, as they’ve been told to plan not to have access to their team facility for 48 hours. 
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