Lions Notebook: 14 Down, 2 To Go

Two more losses, and the Lions will become the first NFL team to go 0-16.

Fourteen down. Two to go.

Two more losses, and the Lions will become the first NFL team to go 0-16.

"No one wants to be part of that," quarterback %%MATCH_3%% said. "No one wants to have their name attached to it. But we can't let that consume us. We understand what the situation is. But we can't get to 1-14 without playing %%MATCH_7%%, and that's what our focus has to be on."

The Lions' home finale is Sunday against the Saints.

The scary part is that the Saints have one of the NFL's top passing attacks, and the Lions have one of the NFL's worst pass defenses. The Lions still have only four interceptions -- only one by a defensive back -- and their secondary is banged-up.

But the Saints are also 1-6 on the road, and even though the Lions are 1-21 in their past 22 games, they cling to how close they have come at times, especially the last two weeks. They lost to %%MATCH_8%%, 20-16, and at Indianapolis, 31-21.

"You change 15 plays this season, 20 plays this season, we're probably a .500 team," Orlovsky said. "People can look at me and say I'm crazy. I'll point the 15 plays out to them."

Sunday's loss to the Colts was typically brutal. The Lions tied the game in the fourth quarter but stumbled down the stretch. They did a lot of good things, especially on offense, but they also made too many mistakes, failed to take advantage of opportunities and didn't get some key calls.

"It's the way this season's gone for us," left tackle %%MATCH_5%% said. "I mean, it's just been one big disappointment, and this is just another one you can add to it.

"To play them down to the wire pretty much and come away losing is, I mean, it's frustrating. But it's a loss, and we're 0-14, and somehow we've got to find a way to win sometime in the next two weeks, because we're running out of time."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're 0-14. It's tough to swallow. Everyone says we stink. We don't have much debate off of it. It's frustrating. We have two games left. I will hang my hat with every guy and go to war with them that the next two games they'll play like we're 14-0." -- QB Dan Orlovsky.

LINEUP WATCH: Coach Rod Marinelli was not ready to pronounce quarterback Dan Orlovsky the starter against New Orleans, even though Orlovsky played well in his return from a thumb injury and Daunte Culpepper has a shoulder injury. But the odds are Orlovsky will start.

Six weeks after suffering two fractures and a torn ligament in his right thumb, Orlovsky went 23-for-34 for 233 yards and a touchdown -- with no turnovers. He targeted wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who had a career-high nine catches.

"I'd like to watch the tape first," Marinelli said. "But I thought we had some real nice rhythm, movement. He's had years of experience in the offense, too. I was pleased how he played."

Marinelli said Culpepper could not have thrown a football Sunday.

Player Notes:

  • QB Dan Orlovsky connected on 23 of 34 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown -- with no turnovers. He targeted WR Calvin Johnson, who had a career-high nine catches.
  • S %%MATCH_4%% suffered a broken ankle and is out for the rest of the season.
  • CB %%MATCH_6%% aggravated a groin injury and was unsure of his status after the game.
  • DE Dewayne White returned after missing four games with a calf strain.

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