ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- With a losing record, an offense that typically struggles for three quarters and a beat-up defense that seems terribly fragile heading down the stretch, the Detroit Lions dont have many realistic reasons to think theyre headed to the playoffs.
But there's one thing on their side: Home cooking.
Five of the Lions final seven games are at Ford Field. Only one other NFC playoff contender, Dallas, has that many home games in the final seven weeks.
Chicago, San Francisco, Green Bay, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Arizona all play more road games than home games the rest of the way.
I wouldnt call it desperate or dire, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday, when asked about the state of his team. Our word is urgent.
We now have a stretch of three in a row at home. We have to do something with that. Theres an urgency to that.
Our margins are a lot thinner. We dont have a whole lot of wiggle room for mistakes down the stretch. We have to play our best.