Of course, the same could be said of their game against Minnesota last weekend. Because of their slow start, the Lions have been playing with fire for most of their season, both in terms of individual games and their season as a whole.
At 4-5, the Lions aren't dead, but they're going to need an incredible run over some great teams to close out their season if the playoffs are going to be a reality. At this point, and with the stretch of teams they have left on the schedule, 8-8 is a more realistic goal.
But the Lions can't think about that now if they're to make any kind of headway. What they need to do this week is take care of business against the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers have looked a great deal more vulnerable this year than they ever did in 2011, but then, so do the Lions, and the difference between them still seems about the same.
Still, the Lions are a talented enough team to win any game. Problem is, they're also inconsistent enough to lose any game. This game will kick off a three-game homestand for the Lions, all against playoff teams.
If they're going to turn this season around and make a statement, it's going to be here, or not at all.
If they're going to make that stand, here's how it needs to happen.