The Lions have two remaining chances to win a road game this season: this week’s match-up at Tampa Bay and next week’s match-up at Miami.
Detroit hasn’t won on the road since the 2007 season at Chicago, but Head Coach Jim Schwartz sees significant importance in getting a road win for a different reason.
Schwartz: “I think that the road win is very important, but breaking the streak is not as important as getting a road win. There are a lot of coaches that were involved in the streak and a lot of players that were involved in the streak that aren’t here.”
Last week, the Packers were in the midst of making a run at the playoffs and, this week, Tampa Bay is doing the same.
Schwartz: “It’s important for us to play in those kinds of games at the end of the season. We’re not playing for the playoffs, but we’re going to be.
“This team is going to be, at some point, playing for those things and we can benefit from this situation right now. Not just (to) get a win but be able to handle a situation next time it comes up.”
Finishing games has been tough for Detroit this season, so coming away with back-to-back wins, including a road victory, would be a step forward for the Lions.
Schwartz: “We have had chances to build momentum and we haven’t. There have been other times where we’ve either had a loss or something like that that maybe bled into the next week and it shouldn’t do that.
“Those are all things that we need to accomplish as a football team. But just like winning on the road, you’re not going to go very far in this league and you’re not going to do a lot of things if you can’t win back-to-back games.”
Read more about this week’s match-up in Detroitlions.com’s Week 15 Game Preview.
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