Li­ons (3-5)

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - BEARS - Bm­biggs@chicagotri­bune.com Twit­ter @BradBiggs

2 games be­hind the Bears and Vik­ings

The Li­ons looked to be in good shape be­fore the Sea­hawks pounded them at home in Week 8, fol­lowed by their trip to Min­nesota last week where the Vik­ings ran­sacked Stafford. With two games against the Bears plus the Pan­thers and Rams over the next four games, things could spin out of con­trol for first-year coach Matt Pa­tri­cia. The Li­ons haven’t won a divi­sion ti­tle since 1993, the sec­ond-long­est drought in the NFL be­hind the Browns (1989). The Li­ons’ run de­fense ranks 30th, and Pa­tri­cia fired spe­cial teams co­or­di­na­tor Joe Mar­ciano this week. Still, the Li­ons are only two games back and re­main in the race de­spite be­ing in the base­ment.

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