Detroit Lions Have Record Losing Streak In Their Sights

Keith SheltonAnalyst ISeptember 21, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03:  Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions watches from the sidelines during action against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Man this is getting repetitive isn't it? After writing about Lions losses for 16 games last year, I thought it couldn't get any worse.

Sure, they could keep losing, but there would be no intrigue left. The nation watched last season as the Lions stumbled to the NFL's first and only 0-16 record.

Now they continue to lose, but no one cares anymore. They already accomplished the most dubious feat in the NFL, what more can they do to prove how bad they are?

Allow me to explain.

You may have heard of the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneersβ€”the expansion team that went 0-14 and up until last season, held the title of worst team in NFL history.

I'm here to say, they still hold that title...for now. In 1977, fresh off an 0-14 season, Tampa Bay lost their first 12 games before finishing 2-12. That means they lost 26 games in a row, the longest losing streak in NFL history.

Well guess what? Detroit has lost 19 games in a row.

They are seven losses away from tying that record. Anyone think it won't happen? Can anyone really say for sure that the Lions will win a game this season?

I can say I think they'll win at some point this year, but you should probably ignore my thoughts. They are the psychotic ponderings of a delusional Lions fan.

The Lions can't pass, and can't run either. Schwartz is afraid to let Stafford air it out, because of the risk of turnovers. He's still thrown five interceptions in his first two starts.

The Lions have one legitimate receiver. One. The rest may have been solid options elsewhere with an experienced quarterback throwing to them, but not here.

Stafford is a rookie with a big arm, but he makes very poor decisions and his accuracy is awful at this point. He may challenge Peyton Manning's record for interceptions by a rookie quarterback.

Teams will stack the box on Kevin Smith. The Vikings did. Smith performed as admirably as possible, running hard all game, but it still wasn't enough.

The entire secondary from 2008 was cut or traded, and new players filled in. Yet, Detroit still likely has the worst secondary in the NFL. You can't go from horrible to pro-bowl talent in one offseason.

That the Lions led against Minnesota 10-0 at one point is nothing short of a miracle, but in the second half the stars dis-aligned, the Vikings cruised, and all was right with the world again.

I don't need to write stats, I don't need to say which Lions played well and which ones played like pylons. All you really need to know is the Lions lost. Again.

Cut and paste, rinse and repeat. It's like Detroit is in the fifth circle of hell and this is their ironic punishment for all eternity.

0-19? Hah! Just you wait, the Lions will show you.

They're going to be the best damn worst team they can be.


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