Are you getting used to the Detroit Lions winning on the road yet? Yesterday’s win in Denver pushes the Lions to 4-0 on the road so far this season. Lions fans have been looking for reasons to believe “this time is different” for a long time and while looking at the play on the field should be enough this time around, the Lions burgeoning road prowess is tangible evidence.
Do you remember the Lions’ 2003 season? It was back when we thought the coaching, not Matt Millen was the probnlem. Steve Mariucci was in his first year as Lions head coach. The team finished with a 5-11 record, a modest improvement over the 2-14 and 3-13 records that Marty Morhinweg had the previous two seasons. The only problem is that there was a fatal flaw in the details behind that 5-11 record, it included an 0-8 mark on the road.
In fact, the entire Millen-era would go on to be defined by futility in general and futility on the road specifically. The Lions hold the league’s longest road losing streak at 26 games, a stretch that spanned from 2007 to 2010. The previous record? The Lions owned that too.
That all seems like a distant memory now that the Lions have their first four road games of 2011 and six straight overall. To put these four road wins in perspective, consider this: It took the Lions from the first road game of 2007 to the last road game of 2010 to get four road wins. Now, they’ve done it in just eight weeks. Yeah, things are different.