Yes, the Lions Will Lose Again Tomorrow

Detroit hasn't topped Green Bay at home since 1991
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2008 2:31 PM CST
Jason Hanson kicks a 43-yard field goal against the Washington Redskins, Oct. 26, 2008. Hanson has been the Lion's kicker throughout their 17-year Green Bay losing streak.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – Will the Detroit Lions become the first team in history to go 0-16 on Sunday? Probably, Michael Rosenberg writes in the Detroit Free Press. The Lions are already 0 for their last 17 in Wisconsin, dating back to 1991, the year before Brett Favre joined Green Bay. Which means the hapless, winless 2008 Lions “ought to be choosing the menu for their last meal" before playing the Packers.

In some ways, the Green Bay streak is even more improbable than the Lions' winless season. Merely being bad doesn’t explain all those losses. The Lions were 9-9 at home throughout the Packers streak, which has included bad calls, weird plays, and an inexplicable 1-yard game from Barry Sanders. “You can say the Lions were trying to lose all 17,” writes Rosenberg, “but as we know, they did not adopt that policy officially until this season.”