Lions trying to avoid 0-16

The Lions continue to play hard for beleaguered head Rod Marinelli.  But week 14 was another house of horrors for the NFL’s worst team as they could not hold on to a 6-3 halftime lead in route to losing a close 20-16 loss to the Vikings. 

The Vikings needed backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to come off the bench and throw a 4th quarter touchdown pass for the win.  Unfortunately the Lions set a franchise record with their 14th straight loss, while also becoming the sixth team in NFL history to start a season 0-13.

The Lions have now lost 20 of their last 21 games overall. The Lions are the fourth team to start 0-13 or worse since 1976, when the expansion Tampa Bay finished 0-14.  If there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the Lions, the 2007 Dolphins (0-13), 1986 Colts (0-13) and 1980 Saints (0-14) avoided the dubious distinction of being the first team to finish winless since the league lengthened the regular season in 1978.  “We’ve got something to play for,” Lions kicker Jason Hanson said. 

Hopefully for the Lions they can win one of their three remaining games (@IND, NO, and @GB). However don’t count on it coming against Peyton and the red-hot Colts in Week 15 as Indy with their 35-3 win over the Bengals became the second team in NFL history to win six consecutive games in five straight seasons (49ers, 1989-95).

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