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Reverse Psychology

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 16, 2009 – 3:12 pm

It’s been well-chronicled that the Detroit Lions were 0-16 in 2008. Because they lost their last game in 2007 and were defeated by New Orleans last week, the losing streak has reached 18 straight games.

At some point the Lions will win for the first time in over a year, but if they do it against the Vikings it won’t be because of complacency. Vikings players are well-aware of the losing streak Detroit is currently enduring. Rather than looking past a team that hasn’t won in over a year, they are digging down even deeper this week to avoid being “the team.”

“It doesn’t make it easier,” S Tyrell Johnson said of playing a team down on its luck. “You have to remind yourself that this team can beat you.”

The Vikings certainly realize it’s possible for the Lions to beat them. It almost happened last year, twice.

“I don’t have any illusions,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Wednesday. “Detroit always plays us very, very tough. It’s a divisional game so it counts as two. Tarvaris had to come in and win that game for us last year (at Detroit) and when they were here it was “fire Childress” to kick three points and win. Detroit plays us hard, and we’re well aware of that.”

While Johnson expressed the sentiment of not wanting to be the team to end Detroit’s losing streak, Childress explained that there are plenty of other reasons the Lions can be a dangerous team.

“I don’t know anything about that streak,” Childress said. “They’re playing hard. I think they’re dangerous for the reasons that I stated in terms of having a strong-armed quarterback, exceptional wide receiver, a good runner, (offensive coordinator) Scott Linehan is very good at putting those people in different places and a defense that’s playing hard and their first home game. I see it more for those reasons that anything.”


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5 Responses to “Reverse Psychology”

  1. By purplehorn on Sep 16, 2009 | Reply

    Last time I checked every team in the NFL is professional. If any team gets complacent they will get beat. The Bills were supposed to lose to the Patriots and the Raiders to the Chargers. They both did lose but those games could have gone either way. The Lions are no different, they want it and the Vikings will have to play great ball with crisp execution to win it.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 16, 2009 | Reply

    These guys know that they still have plenty to prove this year, and a loss to the Lions will make that all but impossible. Our has had too many close games with Detroit for them to think that this is going to be another push over. Look for them to bring it all and let someone else end the streak for the Lions.

  3. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Sep 16, 2009 | Reply

    This game is all about execution, discipline, and energy.

  4. By VikesFaninPA on Sep 16, 2009 | Reply

    I H A T E these games vs. the Lions. They’re the type of games where u r supposed to mop the field with them but we all know that’s usually not what happens. They’re so nerve-wracking, they almost always play us tough. If they win, it’s “they were supposed to”, and if they lose, it’s embarras-sing. We do have much more talent than they do but it’s their home opener and turnovers always play a huge role in this.

  5. By rap99 on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    yup look how close both games were last season.

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