Ultra-competitive Aaron Rodgers always has Lions' Matt Patricia on edge

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers talks to referee Ron Torbert during Sunday's game.

Allen Park — When it comes to playing Aaron Rodgers, the definition of success can be broad.

Last season, Rodgers started two games against the Detroit Lions, but only finished one. In the full game he played, he threw for 442 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. That's not a stat line any defensive coach wants to see.

But the Lions won the game. So regardless of the video-game-like stat sheet for Rodgers, it was a successful day for Lions coach Matt Patricia and his team. 

Ignoring the game where Rodgers left in the first quarter due to injury last season, a 31-0 thumping the Lions laid on the Packers to close out the year, Patricia is 1-1 against Rodgers as a head coach or defensive coordinator. 

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But no matter what successes he's had in the past, Patricia is always worried about the next one. In this case, that's this week's Monday night matchup. 

“I think for us it’s all about this year," Patricia said. "It probably makes me more nervous than anything to be honest with you, just knowing what a competitor he is. 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. We have a big task in front of us."

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For the third straight season, Rodgers continues to put up numbers below his career standards. While the interceptions remain low — he's throw one through five games — he has just six touchdowns, while completing 62.8 percent of his passes, his second-lowest in 12 years as a starter. 

But again, more important than stats, Rodgers has the Packers at 4-1, 2-0 in the division, and back on top the NFC North. 


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