Patricia, Lions looking to clean up after opening-game mess

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Published 9:59 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2018

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Matt Patricia tried not to send mixed signals as he sought to decipher the cause behind the Detroit Lions’ worst loss in a home season opener in franchise history.

The first-year Detroit coach said the difference in Monday’s 48-17 loss to the New York Jets came down to a simple aspect of football: The Jets made plays and the Lions did not.

“I don’t think it was a situation where we were outmatched or outmanned,” Patricia said. “We obviously just got out executed.”

In Patricia’s opinion, the Jets defense being able to read some of his team’s offensive signals was not the main reason for Detroit’s lopsided setback at Ford Field.

“I would say in general, there are a lot of things that go on in the games that are identifiable to the players on both sides of the ball through the course of the game and that happens at times,” Patricia…

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