The Detroit Lions, 4-10 and on a six-game losing streak, are left with only the role of spoiler to play Saturday night when they take on the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field.
Here are five storylines to follow:
1. This type of spotlight -- a nationally televised game on ESPN -- hasn't been good to the Lions. They wanted so badly to be considered relevant again and coveted these TV appearances, but theyve failed miserably in them.
Since beating Chicago on Monday night last year, the Lions have lost seven straight appearances on national television by a combined score of 204-137.
The first three were last season; the last four this year:
Thanksgiving vs. Green Bay, 27-15.
Sunday night at New Orleans, 31-17.
NFC playoffs at New Orleans, 45-28.
Sunday night at San Francisco, 27-19.
Monday night at Chicago, 13-7.
Thanksgiving vs. Houston, 34-31 in overtime.
Sunday night at Green Bay, 27-20.
The perception is, the Lions are an undisciplined group of underachievers. This is a cha...