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Lions are suddenly good on the road

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In Week 11 of last season, the Lions lost at Dallas to extend their NFL record road losing streak to 26 straight games.

Since then, the Lions haven’t lost on the road.

One of the most surprising aspects of the Lions’ 2011 turnaround is that they’re suddenly a good road team. After they won 45-10 at Denver on Sunday, the Lions have won six road games in a row — after winning just five of their previous 51 road games.

Yes, the Lions have followed a 5-46 road run with a 6-0 road run. Even if the Lions lose all their remaining road games, their 4-4 road record would be their best in any season since 2000, the year before Matt Millen took over the front office.

Road futility has been a common theme for the Lions in recent years. From 2001 to 2003 the Lions set an NFL record with 24 consecutive road losses, and then they broke their own record with that 26-game road losing streak from 2007 to 2010.

Less than a year later, that all seems like a distant memory. The Lions have become a team no one wants to see coming to town.

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29 Responses to “Lions are suddenly good on the road”
  1. johnnycash19 says: Nov 1, 2011 11:43 AM

    They just have to beat Green Bay on the road and get rid of that monkey on the back, then it’ll be like Millen never existed and Lions fans will black that decade out.

  2. gosuhgo says: Nov 1, 2011 11:50 AM

    johnnycash19 says:Nov 1, 2011 11:43 AM

    They just have to beat Green Bay on the road and get rid of that monkey on the back, then it’ll be like Millen never existed and Lions fans will black that decade out.

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    If the Lions beat the Pack on the road I’m going to black out for entirely different reasons.

  3. tshirttom says: Nov 1, 2011 11:54 AM

    The Lions will continue the streak going to Chicago and making a great effort to erase bad memories there.

  4. broncsfan72 says: Nov 1, 2011 11:59 AM

    The Lions are a joke. always have been. always will be. they’ve won a few games finally and think they are great. They will get dominated by the pack.

  5. ike1973 says: Nov 1, 2011 11:59 AM

    Well we beat the pack at home last year by taking Rodgers out of the game. This year it may be the pack that takes Rodgers out of the game to rest him up for the playoffs. Not the best way to win at Lambeau but I’ll take it if it happens.

  6. tshirttom says: Nov 1, 2011 12:11 PM

    broncsfan72 says:Nov 1, 2011 11:59 AM

    The Lions are a joke. always have been. always will be. they’ve won a few games finally and think they are great. They will get dominated by the pack.

    A Broncos fan saying the Lions are a joke?
    LOL They just kicked your butt.

  7. donottellmethatnameistaken says: Nov 1, 2011 12:17 PM

    Broncsfan72, huh? Seems like you have 45 reasons after this weekend to think the Lions suck.

  8. lilbitofsoul says: Nov 1, 2011 12:17 PM

    HEY broncsfan72

    Your mad at your own team not the Lions…Lions fans forgive you!

    And who said “the Lions think their Great”? I believe it was PFT that posted this, not the Detroit Lions.

    Looks like you have enough to worry about with your own team, Especially since they just got TRUCKED by a “joke” of a team!

    Enjoy your bitterness! I know I am!

  9. beanocook says: Nov 1, 2011 12:28 PM

    Suh owns the NFL

  10. mrcosio says: Nov 1, 2011 12:50 PM

    John Elway = Matt Millen 2.0

  11. klunge says: Nov 1, 2011 1:00 PM

    Doesn’t it look like Carpenter is laughing his head off in that picture, taking down his old teammate?

    It’s going to be very tough to win at Lambeau this year, and not because it’s an old monkey on the Lions’ back. It’s not an easy place for any visitor to snatch a victory, and considering it will be a silly-cold outdoor January game against the league’s best team…well, there you go.

    Doesn’t matter though…Lions fans and football fans recognize the progress they’ve made (no, I’m not calling them elite), and winning in Lambeau would be awesome anytime even if they’d already done it recently. But some tools like woodyg and broncosfan will never give them respect no matter what they accomplish, and that’s why they’ll always be tools.

  12. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 1, 2011 1:02 PM

    Detroit Lions….the Miami Heat of the NFL

  13. mikehockhurtz says: Nov 1, 2011 1:04 PM

    Notice how many Lions fans you see in the sports bars now….just like after the Saints won the Super Bowl, and now everyone and their cousin has a Drew Brees jersey. Bet all of these “Saints Fans” weren’t wearing bags over their heads back in the day…

    And yes, I grew up in New Orleans

  14. bigboi30 says: Nov 1, 2011 1:18 PM

    Go ahead, bring on the hate. We love it. After being irrelivent for years, we have developed a thick skin. It dont matter if its the road or at home, teams know they can no lomger stop us, they can only hope to contain. We dont care if its a team on the way out or a team on a roll, we will bring the Roar. What I love most is all you loose lip fans puttings us down up to game day, then when your done crying in the corner, either your no where to be found or come up with a poor excuse why you lost.
    Its funny reading how you all get on Suh. “He’s dirty” or “His a non factor, his numbers are down”. Here let me explain it for the slow. Suh is double and triple teamed which frees up his teamates. His numbers may be down but everyone elses are way up because of that. Like I said. Cant stop them, only hope to contain them.

  15. woodsidegil says: Nov 1, 2011 1:32 PM

    Excuse me beanocook but the 49ers ate Suh’s lunch when they beat them AT HOME.

  16. emmonsh says: Nov 1, 2011 1:47 PM

    broncsfan72 says:Nov 1, 2011 11:59 AM

    The Lions are a joke. always have been. always will be. they’ve won a few games finally and think they are great. They will get dominated by the pack.

    lions are right. you guys have a loser for a qb. no wonder look at this moron. hey buddy get down and pray you need it. you suck and so does denver.lol look at 15. if thats the best you have no wonder you all pray

  17. steeelfann says: Nov 1, 2011 1:56 PM

    I can’t blame the Lions. I went to the Super Bowl up there in 2006. That is one depressing place to play in. Put em outdoors where football belongs.

    I wouldn’t get up for playing home games in the dome either.

  18. packersrule12 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:05 PM

    If the season ended today the Lions would make the playoffs. Too bad it doesn’t end today and 9-7 doesn’t get you in.

  19. eddiegaedel says: Nov 1, 2011 2:49 PM

    The Lions deserve a lot of respect. But, they celebrate too much. Every time Nate Burleson gets a first down, he acts like he’s won the lottery.

    The Lions deserve respect. But, with only one playoff win since 1957, that doesn’t mean they can stomp around and act a fool because they don’t suck anymore.

    Me thinks they end up 7-9… You’ll see.

  20. metzgerf says: Nov 1, 2011 3:01 PM

    @broncsfan72 – if the Lions are a joke as you say, then how do you explain your team getting blown out by said joke?

    We understand your frustration. Lions fans have been there. But you can’t just go criticising other teams because your team sucks. Sorry about your luck, pal.

  21. hakk03 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:12 PM

    I think the losing stigma that has latched itself to Detroit makes this a bit subjective. It’s hard too make an accurate judgement of how good of a road team they are when the change is so sporadic.

    3 of those 6 road games were at the end of last year, and they weren’t against New England and Baltimore! Since the team has changed SO drastically in a short time it makes it difficult to correctly evaluate them per Road vs Away. The sample size isn’t big enough.

  22. jimmylions says: Nov 1, 2011 3:34 PM

    @woodsidegil: You paid so much attention to Suh that Kyle Vanden Bosch was in your backfield taking handoffs!

  23. lks311 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:34 PM

    mikehockhurtz says:
    Nov 1, 2011 1:04 PM
    Notice how many Lions fans you see in the sports bars now….just like after the Saints won the Super Bowl, and now everyone and their cousin has a Drew Brees jersey. Bet all of these “Saints Fans” weren’t wearing bags over their heads back in the day…

    And yes, I grew up in New Orleans
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    I’m not sure I get all the bitterness aimed at Lions’ fans being proud of their team. The team has been pathetic for the better part of a decade. Now that they are relevant, every other fan base seems to be telling the Detroit fans to mine their manners. Those Saints fans were always there, they just didn’t have anything to crow about. Same as Lions fans…GREAT fan base. Just nothing to brag about. Now they do. And if they keep winning—you better get use to it.

  24. schmitty2 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:59 PM

    broncsfan72 says:
    Nov 1, 2011 11:59 AM
    The Lions are a joke. always have been. always will be. they’ve won a few games finally and think they are great. They will get dominated by the pack.

    Aww is someone bitter about the Lion’s “Tebowing”?

  25. centralchamps says: Nov 1, 2011 4:19 PM

    3 of those 6 road games were at the end of last year, and they weren’t against New England and Baltimore! Since the team has changed SO drastically in a short time it makes it difficult to correctly evaluate them per Road vs Away. The sample size isn’t big enough.

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    Who cares? A win is a win! Any team can win on any Sunday…. I’m pretty sure the hapless Rams just handled the Saints so who cares who you win against!

  26. castleofcheese says: Nov 1, 2011 5:02 PM

    bigboi30 says:
    Nov 1, 2011 1:18 PM
    Go ahead, bring on the hate. We love it. After being irrelivent for years, we have developed a thick skin. It dont matter if its the road or at home, teams know they can no lomger stop us, they can only hope to contain. We dont care if its a team on the way out or a team on a roll, we will bring the Roar. What I love most is all you loose lip fans puttings us down up to game day, then when your done crying in the corner, either your no where to be found or come up with a poor excuse why you lost.
    Its funny reading how you all get on Suh. “He’s dirty” or “His a non factor, his numbers are down”. Here let me explain it for the slow. Suh is double and triple teamed which frees up his teamates. His numbers may be down but everyone elses are way up because of that. Like I said. Cant stop them, only hope to contain them.

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    What did the Falcons and 49ers do?

  27. tufflynx says: Nov 1, 2011 10:40 PM

    hakk03 says: Nov 1, 2011 3:12 PM

    I think the losing stigma that has latched itself to Detroit makes this a bit subjective. It’s hard too make an accurate judgement of how good of a road team they are when the change is so sporadic.

    3 of those 6 road games were at the end of last year, and they weren’t against New England and Baltimore! Since the team has changed SO drastically in a short time it makes it difficult to correctly evaluate them per Road vs Away. The sample size isn’t big enough.
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    Umm, you are completely incorrect. TWO of the wins are from last szeason. They were against the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Miami Dolphins, who were both playoff contenders at the time, with winning records.

    Four of the wins are from this season. One of them was against the Buccaneers again, who have a winning record. Once was against the Dallas Cowboys. The games against Minnesota and Denver were against troubled teams.

    Overall four of the six games have been against teams that were considered playoff contenders at the time the Lions played them. So your points are categorically incorrect on all counts.

  28. tufflynx says: Nov 1, 2011 10:44 PM

    castleofcheese says: Nov 1, 2011 5:02 PM

    What did the Falcons and 49ers do?

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    They won very close and hard fought games against a Lions team that was struggling on offense. I am sure that the San Francisco and Atlanta defenses had something to do with that, but they were not the entire reason. Some of it was just Matthew Stafford having sub par games. Stafford proved against Minnesota that he is capable of standing in under pressure and making big plays. He just seemed to lose that for a couple games. If either the 49ers or Falcons had played Stafford while he was on his game they would have lost.

  29. 46defense says: Nov 2, 2011 9:43 AM

    Don’t the road victories have a lot to do with who you’ve played on the road?

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