Tag:Detroit Lions
Posted on: December 28, 2008 10:55 am
Edited on: December 28, 2008 10:57 am

NFL: 0-16 -- what would it mean?

I sympathize with fans of the Detroit Lions. Being one who follows the ups (few and far between) and downs (mostly) of the Cincinnati Bengals, I know what it means to see 2-14, 3-13,  4-12, and 7-9 more times than you thought you would ever care to.

What I have found baffling about the Lions this year is the number of games that the team has actually been in early, being up as many as three scores in at least one instance, before finding a way to lose the game in the second half. It's difficult to pinpoint where the problems are when such things happen.

The Lions are in a similar situation to the Bengals from an ownership standpoint. Mr. Brown, despite all indications to the contrary, appears to believe he is enough of a "football guy" to get the Bengals where they need to be. I have been convinced for a while that Mr. Brown runs the Bengals like a business, to make money, rather than like a football team, to win games. William Clay Ford, Sr., appears to be just as out of touch with reality on a day-to-day basis. I'm not sure if it is for the same reasons, but the results are the same.

To see a team go 0-16 is tough to contemplate, no matter what team it is. I started a poll earlier this season on the Bengals board asking who would be the first team to win a game, the Lions or the Bengals, because, at that point, I thought there was a downhill struggle going on with both teams. The point is moot now, as the Bengals got their first win at the beginning of November over the Jaguars, then tied the Eagles two weeks later at home. The Bengals have won their last two and are field-goal favorites against the Chiefs today.

The Lions play the Packers at Lambeau Field today. The line quoted in the CBS preview of this game has the Packers as 10 1/2-point favorites. It's hard for me to believe the Lions can win this game, so 0-16 may become a harsh reality, not something a team wants to be remembered for.

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