Jim Caldwell said every team he’s coached has had some kind of ugly streak, some string that had to be snapped. Some demon that had to be exorcised.
Of course, the Detroit Lions are no different.
While Caldwell and his roster aren’t responsible for these streaks, it’s up to them to make them go away.
Led by Caldwell, the Lions have the opportunity to break three really ugly streaks. With a win over the Packers at Green Bay today, they can snap two of them.
The three toughest streaks that could be snapped in next week:
1. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Lions have not beaten the Packers in the state of Wisconsin since 1991. They have come close, certainly not al 23 games have been blowouts, but the Lions have never managed to win even one. Twenty-three season is a long time in the NFL. If the Lions lose today it’s not because of this streak. They are bringing the best defense they’ve had in that stretch to Lambeau today. The Packers are tougher than ever at home. If the Lions can pull out a win not only will this streak be gone, but ...
2. The Lions could win their first division title since 1993. It was the NFC Central then, not the NFC North. The final two regular season games that year were at Chicago, then against the Packers at the Silverdome. The Lions won both. Then Detroit hosted a playoff game against the Packers again and lost 28-24. This all would be moot point if Alex Henery hadn’t missed three field goals in the home 17-14 loss to the Bills. But it happened, so onward.
3. In 1991 the Lions won the first playoff game since 1957 when they won the NFL World Championship. That 1991 post-season win still stands as the last one. It was a 38-6 win over Dallas at the Silverdome. After the 2011 season, the Lions lost 45-28 to the Saints at New Orleans (see photo) — that was Detroit’s seventh straight playoff loss. A win today, would give the Lions a first-round bye and a home playoff game. That would greatly enhance the Lions’ chances to win a playoff game again. It’s easier to win a playoff game at home as a No. 2 seed rather than on the road as the No. 6 seed.