Lions take 22-game road losing streak into Lambeau

They’re taking a 22-game road losing streak to a place where

they haven’t won since 1991. You’d think the Detroit Lions would

seem worried about another trip to Lambeau Field to face the Green

Bay Packers.

The Lions failed to score in the second half of Sunday’s 24-10

loss at Minnesota, and coach Jim Schwartz and several players said

Monday the losses fall more on them than anything the Vikings or

their previous two opponents did.

”Our record doesn’t indicate it, but I think we have a lot of

pieces in place to be a good football team,” Schwartz said. ”We

had a chance to control each of those three games and we failed to

do that.”

The Lions, 2-33 in their last 35 games and 0-3 this season,

might still be haunted by their recent past, which includes the

NFL’s first 0-16 season.

”With the stuff that’s happened in the past, we have to be as

close to perfect as we can be,” guard Rob Sims said. ”I think we

can play with anyone. We just have to get a win to get some good

feelings back.”

The next chance comes at NFC North rival Green Bay.

A series of offseason acquisitions bolstered Detroit’s hopes

during the offseason, which has made the first three weeks of the

season even more disappointing. A late touchdown was ruled

incomplete in an opening-week loss at Chicago and the Lions

recovered an onside kick in the second week to give themselves a

shot at Philadelphia. A handful of untimely penalties and the

Vikings’ big plays helped doom them to their third loss.

Center Dominic Raiola, who’s seen plenty of losses in his 10

seasons with the Lions, said the team can’t make excuses.

”We’re not playing with the confidence right now where we can

make a mistake and say we can overcome that,” he said. ”The

mistakes just can’t happen. We have enough playmakers. We have

enough talent. It’s not a talent issue anymore.”

The Lions have been outscored 30-15 – all 15 came in the second

week – in the second half of their first three games.

Detroit lost running back Jahvid Best in the third quarter of

Sunday’s loss with a toe injury and Schwartz would not elaborate on

Best’s availability for the trip to Green Bay. Best has 307 yards

from scrimmage and five of the Lions’ seven touchdowns in the first

three games of his career.

Running back Kevin Smith, who has not played this season after

spending the offseason rehabbing a torn ACL, hinted Monday that he

expects to be back on the field Sunday.

Receiver Nate Burleson (ankle) also said he expects to return

against the Packers after missing the Minnesota game.