Detroit Lions win over terrible Jaguars means nothing. Here's why

Detroit Lions win over terrible Jaguars means nothing. Here's why

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Matt Patricia is safe. For now. For another week, at least, maybe more, depending on what happens as the Detroit Lions slip into the easiest part of their schedule — not that the Lions have ever made anything look easy. They did Sunday at TIAA Bank Field. Sort of. Eventually. Yeah, I know, modifiers and qualifiers stink, but this is what the Lions do to you, to me, to themselves. They make you doubt everything and wonder: What exactly happened Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars? An easy win against a terrible team? (The Lions moved to 2-3 in beating the Jaguars, 34-16.) Proof that Patricia and his staff used the extra week of practice to clean up the defense’s run fits and generate more pressure on the quarterback? A reminder that Patricia can still baffle … by calling for 57-yard-field goals on fourth-and-reasonable against awful defenses, and by shuffling in offensive guards when the team is rolling? A reminder that as bad as you think your team is, there are often worse teams. Yes, the Jaguars are that bad. You knew that. You knew, too, if the Lions lost Sunday you could start counting down to the next regime. Or at least to the next coach. You may get your chance a week from now. For while Atlanta is also bad, they’re not as bad as the Jaguars. But, for now, Patricia is your coach. And since fairness is something we can’t overlook, let’s give Patricia his due: He beat a ...
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