On their very first drive of the game, the Ravens faced a fourth-and-3 from the Chiefs’ 9-yard line. Instead of settling for a field goal to go up 3-0, they went for it and ended up scoring a touchdown on the next play.
Though it proved not to be enough, the Ravens ended up going 3-for-4 on fourth down that Sunday and even went for two three times (failing to convert all three). Despite some of the failures, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh didn’t regret any of those decisions.
“Making the most of each possession was what counted and that’s what we were attempting to do, and for the most part, we did a really good job of it,” Harbaugh said.
With the Detroit Lions now poised to face the same Kansas City Chiefs offense that is difficult to keep pace with, can we expect Lions head coach Matt Patricia to display some of those same aggressive tendencies?
“Hard to say on a Friday,” Patricia said. “Some of that stuff is really in-game feel. Also which way things are going and how it looks, how it feels as the style, the play of the game. Sometimes the game itself has a different feel once you get into it.”
As for the two-point conversions, it sounds like the Lions won’t change their strategy there at all.
“For the most part, we’re just trying to stay routine on the scoring schedule, as far as that’s concerned,” Patricia said.
Patricia and the Lions could certainly be described as a little conservative over the first few games. Their Week 3 offensive strategy arguably gave the Eagles a chance at victory late, and it may have just cost them a win in Arizona. Patricia already has a reputation as one of the more conservative coaches when it comes to punting on the opponent’s side of the field.
All that being said, Patricia did seem to indicate that he knows making the most out of each possession is key.
“Certainly there’s going to be nothing more important than points in this game.”