Are Lions Weary? Schwartz Not Buying It

It had to be asked. And as long as the Detroit Lions continue to schedule road games (and subsequently lose each of them), Lions coach Jim Schwartz will face questions regarding his team's historic road follies. More inside ...

It had to be asked. And as long as the Detroit Lions continue to schedule road games (and subsequently lose each of them), Lions coach Jim Schwartz will face questions regarding his team's historic road follies.

On Friday, Schwartz answered what has become a routine part of the media briefing prior to any road trips. Is the streak on his team's mind?

The Lions will travel this weekend to Dallas (2-7), a franchise embroiled in turmoil after a once promising season turned hopeless. But the Cowboys, led by former Lions' quarterback Jon Kitna, are coming off a big win over the New York Giants; the Lions haven't won on the road since 2007 -- when Kitna was Detroit's starting signal-caller.

"It obviously is not a good feeling when you're coming back on a plane after a game," Schwartz said. "That's obviously something that we haven't done a good job of and we need to do better.

"But in the NFL, guys are resilient; guys bounce back. Like I've said before, some of these guys have not been here for anything but this year. To put that whole streak on them is unfair. Some guys have been here for the whole thing and obviously it's tough on them, but winning a game, whether it's home or away, that's the object every single week. You don't do any extra because you're on the road. You don't do any extra because you're at home. You go out, you practice well, you have a good plan."

After winning two of three games in October, Detroit has lost two very winnable games, compounded by another injury to starting quarterback Matthew Stafford.

They had already dropped close contests to begin the season.

The team's performance against Buffalo last weekend appeared almost lethargic until the waning moments, hatching the lingering thought that maybe the roster has grown weary.

When you add three-year old monkey to their backs, it begs the question, is the growing stress yet another hurdle?

Schwartz said it hasn't surfaced in his group's practice habits.

"Practicing has never been a problem with these guys," Schwartz said. "They're hard workers. I thought we were very productive yesterday and today.

"Last week we talked about bouncing back from the Jets and we didn't get it done. This week we talked about going down and taking care of our business, and we have to do that on Sunday. You can never say, ‘Hey, because you had a good week at practice, you'll play well on Sunday.' So we'll just wait until we play on Sunday and then decide if we had a good week at practice."


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