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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