ALLEN PARK -- Three years into their new Ford Field stadium, the Detroit Lions have only one problem -- winning at home.
"It's such an awesome place to play football," coach Steve Mariucci said. "I know that even players around the league think that this is an awesome place to play."
Trouble is, the Lions haven't been able to win even as many as they lose since the field opened in downtown Detroit in 2002. They are 11-13 at Ford Field.
Part of the problem is that the Lions of the past three seasons were not a very good team. They were even worse on the road than they were at home in seasons of 3-13, 5-11 and 6-10.
If they are going to compete for an NFC North title and playoff berth, however, it's obvious they have to establish some kind of home field advantage.
"We need to make it difficult on them," he said. "We need to play good football and keep our crowd alive."
The Lions might have showed some progress in at least one area Saturday, although they were victims of a late-game Cleveland rally in a 21-13 loss at Ford Field.
The team will have an opportunity to set things right on Monday night, when they host the St. Louis Rams in a game that will be televised nationally.