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Get ready for 0-16.
Detroit’s best shot at avoiding NFL infamy came (and went) on Sunday. The Lions were playing host to the Minnesota Vikings, a team that had beaten Detroit in Week 6, but only barely, 12-10. (Remember that Dan Orlovsky safety?)
Plus, Minnesota was distracted all week by the possible suspension of the Williams Wall, AND, their starting quarterback, Gus Frerotte, was knocked out of the game, forcing backup Tarvaris Jackson into action; Jackson’s stats in 2008: 31-60, one TD, one interception, and a 65.7 QB rating. Detroit even was leading headed into the 4th quarter, 13-10. This was their best, and possibly last, chance to win a game. But, they’re the 2008 Lions, so, they lost.
Minnesota, still being quarterbacked by Tarvaris Jackson mind you, scored 10 points in the final quarter and won, 20-16, dropping the Lions to 0-13. 0for08, a special look at the Lions’ season over at Fanhouse, said it accurately with the headline, “Lions Season Summed Up in 18 Seconds With Fumble and Two Sacks to Seal Loss to Vikings.”
"Daunte Culpepper drops back, gets ready to unleash a 60-yard hail mary, gets sacked, fumbles, Lions recover, Daunte's arm hangs by a string. Immediately after that, Drew Henson (I wish I was joking) comes in to take a hail mary snap himself with two seconds left, drops back, gets ready to unleash that cannon of an arm he has and ... summarily gets sacked to end the game."
Detroit now has just three games left to try and avoid the ultimate embarrassment. Can they do it? Eh, probably not.
Next week they’re at Indianapolis (9-4), a team that is on a six-game winning streak and 4-2 at home. Probably not happening there.
The week after that, the Lions are hosting New Orleans (7-6), a team that can struggle on the road (just 1-5), but still boasts the league’s top offense, averaging over 400 yards per game. Even an “off-day” by the Saints would probably still be a 17-10 win. We’re at 0-15.
The final week of the season, Detroit will travel to Green Bay (5-8), another strong offense (nearly 28 points per game), but just 3-4 at the once formidable home field of Lambeau. But, the Packers already beat the Lions once this year, 48-25, and have won six consecutive meetings against the Motor City club. And by then, you have to think that the Lions will be more concerned about where to go for their off-season vacations.
Three games, against teams that make hobbies out of scoring in bunches, with a combined record of 21-18. I just hope someone is making 0-16 t-shirts.
Photo credit: Robin Buckson / The Detroit News
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