If the Matt Patricia era in Detroit needed any sort of “icing on the cake,” look no further than this stat. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Detroit Lions have become the first team in NFL history to lose four straight games in which they had double digit leads.
The Lions saw themselves up up early on the Green Bay Packers 14-3 after the first quarter ended. It appeared that the team was after retribution following their 18th fourth quarter lead under Patricia last week to the Chicago Bears. However, the Lions hit a wall and Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense took over.
The Lions become the first team in NFL history to lose 4 straight games in which they had a double-digit lead, according to @EliasSports.
Detroit has lost 11 straight games, its most since losing 19 in a row from 2007-09, including the first-ever 0-16 season in league history. pic.twitter.com/VCpZsI6mIl
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 20, 2020
Not only have the Lions blown the most double digit leads in NFL history; they also now lost 11 games in a row. Previously they lost 19 in a row dating back to 2007-2009 seasons, which included the infamous 0-16 season. Since 2007 the Lions have just three winning seasons- all of which came under Jim Caldwell before being let go.
The streak of blown leads is as follows:
- Week 16 (2019 season) – lost 27-17 to the Denver Broncos after leading 10-0
- Week 17 (2019 season) – lost 23-20 to the Green Bay Packers after leading 17-3 at halftime
- Week 1 (2020 season) – lost to the Chicago Bears 27-23 after leading 23-6 in the 4th quarter
- Week 2 (2020 season) – lost 42-21 to the Green Bay Packers after leading 14-3
With the Lions continuing to be on the wrong side of history, and another poor outing it can only be a matter of time before new principal owner Sheila Ford Hamp makes a move at both head coach and general manager positions. Fan’s on Twitter are not seeing Patricia being kept through the Lions bye week in week 5 of the 2020 NFL season. The history books have not been friendly to the Lions over the years. It’s no secret that the franchise is in desperate need of a tune-up starting at the top.
Franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford restructured his contract a week ago. The restructuring puts the Lions $25 million in cap space; the eighth most in the league. However, both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. are playing on expired contracts; with the expectation of Golladay receiving a large extension and payday.