For Marvin Jones, Green Bay Is Not Viewed as a Rivalry Game
Lions receiver Marvin Jones expressed Wednesday that even in college, he didn't view rivalry games as heated matchups against bitter foes.
Jones played college football for the California Golden Bears from 2008-11.
For the record, California's main rival is Stanford.
California and Stanford play what is known as "The Big Game" every year, with the winner taking home the "Stanford Axe."
Stanford leads the all-time series 63–46–11.
"I do not look at too many things as a rivalry," Jones said. "I did not even in college. It is an important game. It is the next game."
Detroit head man Matt Patricia expressed that he feels lucky to be a part of the Lions-Packers rivalry.
"It is super cool," Patricia said. "If you love the game and the history of the game, that (Lambeau Field) is where you want to be."
Jones did echo his coach's sentiment regarding playing at Lambeau.
As for the offense, under first-year Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, it's been willing to take more chances deep down the field this season, and has done so with success.
The play-calling in the first quarter of the season has been constructed to better suit the talent on the roster.
Jones, for one, is known for being a deep threat, and the Lions have taken advantage of that so far this season.
Through four games, Jones has amassed 18 receptions for 277 yards and one touchdown.
In terms of completed passes of at least 20 yards, the Lions are tied for 11th in the NFL.
"We love it, we love it in our room," Jones commented. "No complaints, obviously. He (Bevell) is a great mind. He has done it for a while, and he has had some great success and we just want to continue that."