THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT
Joe Philbin: 26-29, .473; 5th NFL season
Matt Patricia: 5-10, .333; 1st NFL season
vs. Opponent: Philbin 0-1 vs. Lions; Patricia 1-0 vs. Packers
JOE PHILBIN…Is the Packers’ interim head coach.
MATT PATRICIA…Is in his first year as the Lions’ 27th head coach.
Green Bay TE Robert Tonyan signed with Detroit as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and spent his first offseason with the Lions…Packers S Josh Jones attended Walled Lake (Mich.) Western High School…Green Bay assistant special teams coach Maurice Drayton is cousins with Detroit WR Bruce Ellington…Lions DT Ricky Jean Francois played in six games for the Packers in 2017…Detroit T Rick Wagner is from West Allis, Wis., and was a team captain for the Wisconsin Badgers, starting 37 games during his college career…Lions LB Nick Bellore is a Whitefish Bay, Wis., native… Packers defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery coached for the Michigan Wolverines from 2011-12…Green Bay running backs coach Ben Sirmans coached at Michigan State for two seasons (2005-06)…Packers TE Jimmy Graham played alongside Detroit TE Luke Willson and CB DeShawn Shead in Seattle…Packers TE Lance Kendricks teamed with Lions OL Andrew Donnal for two seasons (2015-16) with the Rams in St. Louis/Los Angeles…Detroit offensive assistant coach Darius Swinton also coached in St. Louis for one season (2011) during Kendricks’ time with the Rams…Green Bay offense – run game coordinator/offensive line coach James Campen played for New Orleans for two seasons (1987-88) while Lions special teams coordinator Joe Marciano served on the Saints’ coaching staff…Marciano and Detroit defensive backs coach Brian Stewart coached in Houston while Packers secondary coach Jason Simmons played for the Texans…Green Bay defense – run game coordinator/inside linebackers coach Patrick Graham coached in New England while a number of Detroit coaches and players were with the Patriots: head coach Matt Patricia, quarterbacks coach Gregory Godsey, head strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash, RB LeGarrette Blount and S Tavon Wilson…Wilson played at Illinois when Packers special teams coordinator Ron Zook was the head coach… Patrick Graham and Packers quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti served on the N.Y. Giants’ coaching staff while Lions DE Romeo Okwara, LB Devon Kennard, LB Kelvin Sheppard and DT Damon Harrison played for the team… Sheppard also played for the Dolphins (2014-15) while Green Bay interim head coach Joe Philbin was Miami’s head coach…Packers tight ends coach Brian Angelichio coached in Tampa Bay for one season (2012) while Blount played for the Buccaneers…Angelichio and Cignetti coached alongside Detroit running backs coach David Walker at the University of Pittsburgh… Angelichio and Cignetti also coached together at Rutgers in 2011 while Lions CB Marcus Cooper Sr. played for the Scarlet Knights…Detroit wide receivers coach Robert Prince and Nash worked on the Colorado coaching staff while Packers T David Bakhtiari was playing for the Buffaloes…Godsey coached at Central Florida while Green Bay G Justin McCray played for the Knights…Lions K Matt Prater played two games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 while Packers defense – pass game coordinator Joe Whitt served on the Falcons’ coaching staff…Detroit defensive line coach Bo Davis coached at Alabama while Packers P JK Scott played for the Crimson Tide…Green Bay QB Tim Boyle was a freshman at Connecticut when Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni was the head coach…Detroit tight ends coach Chris White coached at Iowa while Green Bay CB Josh Jackson played for the Hawkeyes…Former college teammates include: Scott and Lions DL Da’Shawn Hand (Alabama), Packers CB Tony Brown and Lions DT A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama), Packers LB Antonio Morrison, Lions WR Brandon Powell, LB Jarrad Davis and CB Teez Tabor (Florida), Packers C Corey Linsley and Lions T Taylor Decker (Ohio State), Packers LB Blake Martinez and Lions TE Levine Toilolo (Stanford) and Packers LB Kyler Fackrell and Lions CB Nevin Lawson (Utah State).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
Oct. 7, 2018, Lions won, 31-23, Ford Field
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