Lions could tie road losing streak record this Sunday
With a loss on Sunday against the Giants at the new Meadowlands the Lions could tie the NFL record with 24 straight road losses.
Of course they would tie themselves. The Lions from 2001-2003 set the record at 24.
Guess what? These 2010 Lions want no part of the record. They don’t feel they own it and many of them have been around for only the last three road losses.
Don’t blame them. They wear the same uniforms, but this is a much different team than the Lions put on the field in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Coach Jim Schwartz will not even mention the streak to his team this week.
"These guys, is that fair to put that on Shaun Hill, or Julian Peterson or Kyle Vanden Bosch? If we had the same team for all that time and we were all through that, then maybe it is something we’d talk about. We talk an awful lot about things we put on film in the first four weeks of the year and how we needed to approve. Writing what happened for the last couple years isn’t part of that,’’ said Schwartz who has lost 11 straight road games as the Lions head coach.
The coach sees good reasons why the Lions have struggled on the road.
"We haven’t been a very good football team. We haven’t won very many games at all. Like I’ve said before, you don’t win on the road because you know how to pack a suitcase or guys look good in a suit,’’ Schwartz said. “You win on the road because you have good players that play well, that fit a scheme, that are coached well. We haven’t done a good job of doing that. When we do, we’ll win on the road."
Schwartz’s record as head coach is 3-18. But on the positive side, he’s riding a one-game winning streak.
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