The Detroit Lions stunned the New England Patriots in Week 3 to get their first victory of the season. At the time, many attributed the win to head coach Matt Patricia’s familiarity with the Patriots organization.
We still don’t have enough information to know whether or not that was the case, or if the 2-3 Lions are an actual contender in the NFC North.
One thing that Patricia certainly knows from his time in New England is how to beat the NFC East. This week’s opponent, the Miami Dolphins, are a team he’s quite familiar with.
In six seasons (2012-2017) as the defensive coordinator for the Patriots, Matt Patricia’s teams won eight of twelve meetings with Miami, allowing 17.6 points per game.
This isn’t to say these results will continue Sunday, and every season teams change drastically. Something that could work in the Lions’ favor, however, is the fact that the Dolphins will be without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the second straight week.
Brock Osweiler will get the start and played well enough to beat the Bears in overtime last Sunday. As Jeff Risdon of Lions Wire pointed out earlier this week, Osweiler doesn’t have the greatest track record against Patricia’s defenses.
Based on history you can pretty accurately predict Osweiler's line vs. Patricia's Lions on Sunday. It bodes well for Detroit… https://t.co/pSTZuJO76a
— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) October 18, 2018
The Lions will have to show up, something they have yet to do on the road this season. Will Patricia’s experience against Miami be enough for the Lions to get a win and get this roller coaster of a season back to .500?
We shall see on Sunday, but history would suggest Patricia knows a thing or two about Miami that can work to Detroit’s advantage.