If you've been a member of the Detroit Lions at any point this past decade, chances are you've lost a ton of road games. Offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus is entering his third season and still hasn't won one.â†µ
But that hasn't stopped him from making some bold predictions.â†µ
"I don't like to make guarantees, but I promise you we'll end the streak," Cherilus said Wednesday.â†µ
"The streak" Cherilus speaks of is the current 20-game road skid the Lions find themselves in, which predates their 0-16 debacle two years ago. It's the fourth longest streak in league history, trailing the 1983-86 Buffalo Bills (22) and the 1981-84 Houston Oilers (23).â†µ
Of course your very own 2001-2004 Detroit Lions, who lost 24 straight games at the beginning of the Matt Millen era, are the record holders.â†µ
Dominic Raiola, a participant in both streaks, hopes a win against the Chicago Bears tomorrow will revive the city.â†µ
"It would be huge for this organization and I think it would be even bigger for this city because Ford Field would be rocking next week," Raiola said. "I know we're focused on this week, but just think about it. If we win this week, how are they not going to sell out Ford Field? There's already so much excitement."â†µ
That sure would be nice for the fans whose only option to watch the game is on TV. Detroit had four games blacked out last year to the Detroit, Toledo, Jackson and Flint/Tri-Cities markets.