Detroit Lions lick wounds heading into bye week


AP Sports Writer

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions have a lot of time to work on desperately needed improvements until playing again in nearly two weeks at Jacksonville.

The Lions are among the NFL teams with an early bye, idling them this week in the Motor City to practice and get tested for the coronavirus as part of the league’s protocol.

The break will give the players an opportunity to recover while coach Matt Patricia and his staff try to figure out how to possibly turn around the season.

For at least one veteran, Detroit’s bye is ill-timed.

“I want to go back out there and fix it,” safety Duron Harmon said Monday.

Clearly, there’s a lot to fix.

Detroit (1-3) built a two-touchdown lead in the opening minutes Sunday against New Orleans and collapsed on both sides of the ball as the Saints marched on offense, got stingy on defense and scored 35 straight points.

Under Patricia, the Lions have become the league’s first team to lose six straight games — dating to last season — in which they led by double digits.

Detroit is also one of two teams in NFL history, joining the 2011 Minnesota Vikings, to drop three of its first four games in a season after leading by at least 10 points in each setback.