Lions Notebook: Win in Lambeau?
Lions haven't won in Lambeau since 1991 (Getty)
Lions haven't won in Lambeau since 1991 (Getty)
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Posted Dec 22, 2008

To avoid the NFL's first 0-16 season, all the Lions have to do is beat Green Bay on the road -- something they haven't done since 1991. They have lost 17 straight games in Wisconsin, including the playoffs.

To avoid the NFL's first 0-16 season, all the Lions have to do is beat Green Bay on the road -- something they haven't done since 1991. They have lost 17 straight games in Wisconsin, including the playoffs.

All they have to do is walk onto the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, summon some pride and do something they have done only once in their past 23 games.


"This is the ultimate right here," defensive tackle Shaun Cody said. "It's going to take some men to go to this game.

"Some guys might fold it up this week and say, 'Hey, you know, I have an injury, my hammy's bothering me or something.'

"But you'll see the true players, the true NFL players, step up this week and say, 'You know what? Let's not do this. Let's not be part of history. Let's find a way to win this game and find a way to play in a tough environment and step up."

Some guys might fold it up?

After Sunday's 42-7 loss to New Orleans gave the Lions the NFL's first 0-15 record, there seemed to be some resignation -- or at least some fear of it -- among the players.

"The biggest thing is getting everybody going in this locker room and really getting everybody motivated to go and play," said center Dominic Raiola, a team captain.

Coach Rod Marinelli still does not acknowledge the possibility of 0-16 in public, though he has done it with his players in at least one team meeting. He even declined to get into 0-15.

"I'll let the record speak for itself," said Marinelli, who is 10-37 with the Lions.

Perhaps there's no point in putting any more pressure on the players.

"I don't think we deal well with pressure," Cody said. "We've had a few pressure points this year, and to me, we've kind of folded up."

The players know what's at stake, anyway.

As they came off the field Sunday, there were fans holding signs asking for a bailout of the team, fans with brown paper bags over their heads, fans with T-shirts that said: "0-16, YES WE CAN!"

The last NFL team to go winless was the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the Bucs went 0-14. They didn't have the chance to go 0-16.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think this would be a lot worse. It's pretty sad that you're 0-15 and this next game is the biggest one. But it is. It's history." -- C Dominic Raiola.

LINEUP WATCH: Dan Orlovsky will start at quarterback against the Packers. Marinelli said Daunte Culpepper will not be ready, though he declined to provide details. Culpepper has missed the past two games with an injured shoulder. "He won't be healthy next week," Marinelli said. "I'm not going to go into all that."

Player Notes:

  • WR Calvin Johnson left Sunday's game early in the fourth quarter with a bruised knee, but he said he was OK and would be able to play at Green Bay.
  • QB Dan Orlovsky played with the flu Sunday, but coach Rod Marinelli said it did not affect his performance. Orlovsky came out early in the fourth quarter because the Lions were trailing, 42-7, and wanted to play Drew Stanton.
  • TE Casey Fitzsimmons tried to play with the flu Sunday after missing practice time last week. But he had to leave the game early.
  • CB Travis Fisher suffered a concussion.
  • LG Edwin Mulitalo was inactive at least in part because of an ankle injury.

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