The Detroit Lions return home to the friendly confines of Ford Field following their first victory of the 2020 season last weekend over the Arizona Cardinals, improving their record to 1-2.
They're preparing to face the New Orleans Saints, who are also off to a 1-2 start after having allowed allowed 71 points in the past two weeks, which is the second-highest total in the NFL.
It will be the fourth time that head coach Matt Patricia has lined up against Saints head coach Sean Payton, though his familiarity with his upcoming coaching opponent goes beyond that, including when the Saints and Patricia's former team, the New England Patriots conducting joint practices.
“Actually when I was at Syracuse University working for Coach (Paul) Pasqualoni, Sean came up,” Patricia said Friday. “He was at the Giants at the time. We went down, spent some time with them, kind of some of the trends they were doing down there with the offense. It’s interesting to remember back to all that stuff.”
“Certainly the (preseason) games themselves are maybe basic, maybe vanilla, but the practices are not,” Patricia said. “I would say there are a lot of things that we’ve practice against each other through the course of the years, and we probably know a lot about each other from that standpoint. That definitely is in the back of my mind, things that you’ve got to be careful of.”
– – Quotes via Justin Rogers of The Detroit News Link – –