Sunday, December 28, 2008

Detroit Lions 0-16, R.I.P.

The Detroit Lions did it. They lost to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field 31-21.

They have lost every regular season game they played in 2008. The Lions become the first team in NFL history to go 0-16. They are the first NFL team to lose every regular season game since the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14. The NFL went to a 16 game season in 1978.

The Lions did put up a fight. After being down 14-0 at the end of the 1st quarter they came back to tie it at 14-14 on the strength of two touchdown passes by Dan Orlovsky to Calvin Johnson and that's where things stood at the beginning of the 4th quarter. But the Lions could only muster one more touchdown on a rush by Kevin Smith against two touchdown passes by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and a Mason Crosby field goal.

On the bright side, the Lions have the number one pick in the 2009 NFL Draft plus an additional first round pick because of the Roy Williams trade with Dallas. But the Lions need more than draft picks. They need defense. They need offense. They need special teams. They need a new coaching staff. They need a new owner. They need the Vikings, Bears and Packers to get a mild case of smallpox.

The best thing than can be said about the 2008 Detroit Lions is that the season is over.

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