Allen Park — While fans are reveling in the Lions' undefeated start through three games, Matt Patricia doesn't share their joy. As usual, win or loss, it's on to the next one for the coach.
"No, I mean we have Kansas City rolling in here, so I don’t have much enjoyment right now," Patricia said Monday. "Going to go finish up here with the team, and we’ll, as a team, enjoy this probably for a couple more hours, but we have to turn the page. That’s how it is."
The Chiefs present a tall task for the Lions, in particular Patricia's ability to game plan for one of the most explosive offenses in the league — not just this year, but ever.
Patricia, who has created a culture built around competition in Detroit, was asked if he's looking forward to the challenge.
"Looking forward is probably an interesting statement there," Patricia said. "(Chiefs head coach) Andy Reid is unbelievable. He’s a great coach. (Quarterback Patrick) Mahomes is a special talent and they’ve got a lot of great players, so it’s going to be a long week. They’re just phenomenal. They’re one of the best teams in the league, so it’ll be a huge challenge for us.”
Through three games, the Chiefs are averaging nearly 500 yards on offense and 34 points per game. This, a year after they led the league, scoring 35.3 points per game, the third-most in NFL history.
Mahomes is the league's reigning MVP and he's off to another fast start. He leads all passers with 1,195 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception.