One way or another, the Detroit Lions have had a knack for finding ways to lose games over the years.
Death, taxes and a Lions' blunder at the most inopportune moment.
A year ago, when they were losing their final eight games to finish 4-12, there were distractions going all the way back to the many off-season player arrests to an in-season emotional breakdown by young receiver Titus Young.
Not enough leaders, not enough character guys, not enough winners. That was the Detroit locker room. They had some but not enough.
Israel Idonije, one of the Lions' valuable off-season acquisitions, witnessed it all from afar as a member of the division rival Chicago Bears for the last nine seasons.
"We had some epic battles," Idonije, who is 6-foot-6, 275 pounds,said of the Lions-Bears rivalry, in which Chicago won nine of the last 10 meetings. "From an outsider looking in, some of those games have been some tough losses for Detroit. Like, man, I don't know how they lost that game.