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Lions, Cardinals both haunted by tough losses, long losing streaks
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press
When two teams have combined for 14 straight losses, how can you tell which is worse? How bad is bad? How low is low?
The answers are as elusive and mysterious as the secret to winning is for the Lions and the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals (4-9) have lost nine straight — their worst slide since 1944. But they put a flourish on their feat Sunday with a 58-0 drubbing by the Seahawks.
The Lions (4-9) are dealing with their own demons. They’ve lost five straight and took sole possession of the NFL’s longest road losing streak with a 22nd straight to the Packers in Wisconsin. And if that wasn’t enough, they tied an NFL record with a third straight loss after blowing a 10-point lead.
Any team trying to become a consistent winner could use the Patriots as a model. Monday night’s game was typical of how they approach every game and every season.
Secondary is Lions’ primary concern
Josh Katzenstein – Detroit News
The Lions’ dream of drafting a difference-making defensive back may have to wait. NFL draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN and Gil Brandt of NFL.com said the Lions should target the secondary in the 2013 draft, but there may not be any cornerbacks or safeties available with elite grades.
At 4-9, the Lions are tied for the fourth-worst record in the league and appear headed toward to a Top 10 pick in April.
Detroit Lions Must Be Careful not to Waste Calvin Johnson’s Talent Like Barry Sanders’
Max DeMara – Lions101.com
The receiver’s talent is so immense, the discussion in NFL circles has shifted to who’s the second best wide receiver in the game today, with the assumption that number one is no debate; Johnson is simply the best. Much like Sanders a decade ago, Johnson humbly rewrites the record books while constantly giving highlight film editors reason to re-rack their tapes.