Lions look to end another long road losing streak


On Sunday, the Lions won in Chicago for the first time since 2007.  That six-year wait doesn’t really compare to the franchise’s other road losing streaks.

Detroit hasn’t won at Green Bay since 1991.  Likewise, the Lions hadn’t beaten Washington on the road since Washington was in Boston, way back in 1935.  Detroit ended that 78-year rut earlier this year.

And as the Lions prepare to return to Pittsburgh, they’ll be trying to end a streak that just celebrated its 58-year anniversary:  November 13, 1955.

Bobby Layne (pictured), who’d later apply a curse to the Lions after being traded to Pittsburgh, served as quarterback for the Lions that day.  But Ted Marchibroda nearly led the Steelers back from a 17-point deficit, trimming the score from 31-14 to 31-28.

Dick LeBeau, now the defensive coordinator for the Steelers, wouldn’t arrive in Detroit as a player for four more years.  In his rookie year of 1959, the Lions and Steelers played to a 10-10 tie in Pittsburgh.

Since then, the Steelers lead the overall series, 11-3.  The Lions won by the score of 45-7 in 1962 in Detroit, 45-3 in 1983 in Detroit, and 19-16 in overtime on Thanksgiving Day in 1998, thanks to Phil Luckett’s heads-I-win-tails-you-lose coin flip call.

This year, the Lions have a far superior team.  But the Steelers have shown that they still have plenty of pride, and LeBeau could have a little extra motivation when facing perhaps for the last time the team with which he spent 14 seasons as a player.

14 responses to “Lions look to end another long road losing streak

  1. History is history. We can be 145-0 lifetime against them, it won’t mean a thing if (when) the Lions win this Sunday. I expect Lion’s D sack numbers to increase at the very least.

  2. Things will make much more sense in the football world after this weekend. Steelers poised for the long haul, in a fading division no less.

    Steelers-Didn’t, wouldn’t the lions only need one sack for your prediction to be right? I also expect their tackle numbers to increase.

  3. Yeah, yeah, 58 years. But only 14 games! That’s almost the same number the Lions and Bears played between wins for Detroit in Chicago.

    But, why only 14 times? From 55 to 70, the Steelers were still in the NFL/NFC… Hmm, since 33 when the Steelers started, they’ve been in the same division only for 1944 – Pittsburg in the East, Detroit in the West, Pittsburg in the American conference, Detroit in the National, etc. Guess I’m too used to thinking of pre-AFL days like Original 6 days when there wasn’t too many options on who to play.

  4. If ever there was a time to break the streak, this is it. I have some serious doubts as to this secondary’s ability to stop Megatron. With the offensive line playing the way it is against a very tough Lion’s front four Ben is going to have to get rid of the ball quickly, which has never been his strong suit.

    I’d love to see a Steelers win, obviously, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lions took this one.

  5. crownofthehelmet says:
    Nov 14, 2013 10:00 AM

    Steelers-Didn’t, wouldn’t the lions only need one sack for your prediction to be right? I also expect their tackle numbers to increase.
    I have always failed at subtlety. I expect the Lions defense to sack Ben R. multiple times.

  6. Just messin with ya Steelers-Didn’t, I would love it if the Lions only get one sack on Sunday. Heck I’d even live with 2 sacks (wouldn’t be easy to walk though, buh-dum-bum). That means the Steelers O-line played out of their minds!

  7. The Steelers O-line is riddled with injuries, so Suh , Fairley and the rest of the Lions D should be able get after Ben rather consistently.

    If the Steelers hope to win, they will need some splash plays from their D and special teams.

  8. But last Sunday, the Lions broke another embarrassing losing streak: They hadn’t won on the road at a northern, outdoor site in November or later since a win over the Jets at the Meadowlands on December 17, 2000. They had lost 19 such games in a row – three short of the NFL record for this, established by the Falcons from 1982, when they won at Denver on December 5 of that year, until their November 8, 1998 win at New England.

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