They couldn't beat Seattle, Chicago and now the previously winless Green Bay Packers, so when and where will the Lions get their first win of the season?
Next Sunday at St. Louis?
Offensive coordinator Mike Martz, the former head coach of the Rams, certainly has enough motivation.
Could they win at Minnesota on Oct. 8?
It's an NFC North game and if they hope to stay alive in the division race beyond mid-season they need to win a division game sometime soon.
The Lions don't play another home game until October 15 against Buffalo, and if they don't get things turned around by then, they will almost certainly be looking at another disastrous season that has become the team trademark in recent years.
They are 0-3 for the season, 21-62 in five-plus seasons under president Matt Millen and the last time they began a season with three consecutive losses they finished with a 3-13 record. That was 2002, three coaches ago.
But what Marty Mornhinweg, Steve Mariucci and interim coach Dick Jauron couldn't get done, Rod Marinelli and his staff are hoping to get accomplished somehow, somewhere. But they have to hope that the steady diet of loses doesn't undermine their makeover before it ever gets off the ground.
Marinelli says the string of losses, including the 31-24 loss to the Packers Sunday at Ford Field, will not demoralize his players. He says he will re-teach what he has taught, make the corrections off the game film and forge ahead.
"If you're going to take a positive out of it," tight end Dan Campbell said after the Green Bay loss, "you have to say that we are getting better and it's coming together. Everybody knows the offense is the last thing that comes. It takes awhile to get the timing down and have everybody on the same page.
"I don't think there's any doubt it's getting there; it just needs to get
Time and hope ran out simultaneously for the Lions in their 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on Sunday.
Until Jon Kitna's Hail Mary on fourth-and-six from the 50 was deflected and Az-Zahir Hakim's desperation dive for the ball came up short, the Lions felt they had a shot at beating the Packers.
They caught the Packers twice after falling behind on Brett Favre's 75-yard touchdown pass to rookie Greg Jennings midway in the first quarter, but they never got a lead and, despite showing signs of offensive improvement, they saw their record sink to 0-3 while the Packers left the ranks of the winless with their first victory in three games.
Place-kicker Jason Hanson completed the Lions' scoring with a 40-yard field
goal, but the Lions could not stop Favre and they couldn't convert on either of
two possessions in the final 3:36 of the game.
WR Roy Williams had the most productive days of his three-year NFL career, with seven receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' 31-24 loss Sunday to Green Bay. His previous high in receiving yards was 135 on nine catches against Philadelphia in the third game of his rookie season in 2004.
TE Dan Campbell, who was used primarily as a blocker in his three-year stop at Dallas, continued to be a source of unexpected offensive production with three catches for 53 yards in the Lions' 31-24 loss to Green Bay on Sunday. In three games, Campbell has had catches of 30, 23 and 25 yards.
RB Kevin Jones had more rushing yards in the Lions' 31-24 loss to Green Bay (81 yards on 17 carries) than he had in the previous two games (79 yards on 26 carries). It was Jones' best day carrying the football since he had the same total last Nov. 13 against Arizona but he still has not had a 100-yard rushing game since gaining 123 yards against Chicago in the Dec. 26 game of 2004, his rookie season.
QB Jon Kitna completed 25 of 40 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns, the second best yardage day of his 11-year NFL career but it wasn't enough to save the Lions from a 31-24 loss to Green Bay on Sunday. Kitna was also intercepted for the first time this season, with SS Marquand Manuel returning the interception 29 yards for the Packers' second touchdown of the game. Kitna's career best for passing yardage was 411 against Pittsburgh in a 2001 game with the Cincinnati Bengals.
RB Shawn Bryson, who had just one carry for one yard and two receptions for eight yards in the Lions first two games, caught two passes and finished with 46 yards and a touchdown. He caught a short throw from Kitna and turned it into a 37-yard touchdown play for the Lions' first touchdown in a 31-24 loss Sunday to Green Bay.