Detroit Lions, Washington Football Team have plenty at stake despite their mediocre seasons
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — At first glance, it may not appear that Washington or the Detroit Lions have much at stake in their matchup because their combined record is 5-11.
Both teams, though, have plenty to play for Sunday at Ford Field — and the rest of the season.
Washington (2-6) still has a shot to win the NFC East and host a playoff game because Philadelphia is in first place despite having a 3-4-1 record.
“We’re still in it,” Washington coach Ron Rivera said. “Let’s be realistic. What’s the best record in our division? See my point?”
The Lions (3-5) are led by embattled coach Matt Patricia, who is hoping to help them finish well enough that ownership retains him again. Even though Patricia’s future with the franchise has been questioned publicly for more than a year, he hasn’t looked or sounded much different after any of his 12 wins, 27 losses or one tie over two-plus seasons in Detroit.
“I probably get a little bit of that from my dad,” Patricia said. “You have to stay consistent every single day. That way, when things aren’t going well you have to focus on what you have to do to get better.”
If the Lions are going to turn their season around, now is the time. They’re facing three straight teams with losing records — Washington, Carolina and Houston — before playing four straight teams that currently have winning records.