Matt Patricia “more nervous” about facing Aaron Rodgers after beating him



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(*************)The Detroit Lions will face the Green Bay Packers on Monday night for the first of two meetings with their NFC North division rival this season.(****************)
(*************)Last year, the Lions beat the Packers in both of their meetings. A (********************************************)-(*********************************************) win in October came against Aaron Rodgers while a (********************************************)-0 win in Week (**********************************************) came mostly against DeShone Kizer at quarterback as Rodgers was knocked out of the game with a concussion after just nine snaps.(****************)
(*************)Lions head coach Matt Patricia knows the challenge that Rodgers presents and isn’t exactly eager about facing him knowing his team got the better of Rodgers last season.(****************)
(*************)“I think for us, it’s all about this year,” Patricia said Tuesday, via Carlos Monarrez of the (******************)Detroit Free Press(*******************). “Probably makes me more nervous than anything, to be honest with you, just knowing what a competitor he is.(****************)
(*************)“So from my standpoint it’s all about trying to prepare and get ready this year and the things that they’re doing this year. Certainly they’re in a really good spot and they’re operating at a very high level, so we’ve got a big task in front of us.”(****************)
(*************)Rodgers passed for (***************************************) yards and three touchdowns in the Lions first win over Green Bay last season. That Packers team was spiraling to a 6-9-1 record. This year’s Packers team is 4-1 and leading the NFC North through the first five weeks of the year. Patricia fully expects Rodgers to be a dangerous proposition for his team this week and know the competitive nature he’ll bring to the field on Monday night.(****************)
(*************)“I think you guys know me well enough to know that I’m extremely competitive,” he said. “I want to win and everything I do I try to make sure I do it to the best of my abilities.(****************)
(*************)“But when you’re staring across the line of scrimmage at Aaron Rodgers, you know you’ve got a long day of work in front of you.”(****************)


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