The Detroit Lions venture away from the comfortable surroundings of Ford Field to Orchard Park and Ralph Wilson Stadium this weekend. It's important to note that despite the game not being sold out, the Buffalo Bills will still have a major advantage: the Lions' losing streak on the road is three times the length of the Bills' overall losing streak.
Detroit has lost 24 consecutive games on the road. The Bills have lost eight consecutive games, period. Something's got to give.
The last Lions victory on the road was a 16-7 victory over Chicago in October of 2007, over three years ago. It boosted the Lions' record to 5-2 under the surprising Jon Kitna. Detroit won the next week at home to go to 6-2 before the bottom fell out. The team finished 7-9 before going winless in 2008.
In 2010, the Lions have made a trip around the NFC North, losing away games at Chicago, Green Bay, and Minnesota as well as at the. Their next two away games, at Buffalo and then at Dallas, are their most winnable road games this season, with trips to Tampa Bay and Miami to close out their schedule.
In their four road losses this season, the Lions have only lost once by more than one score. They have also only held a lead in one of those contests, allowing theto score a game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
One of the reasons the Lions are so prone to road losses is turnovers. In each of their road games this season, the Lions have turned the ball over three times. Perhaps this is an opportunity for Buffalo's secondary to record their first interception of the season.
Just for the record, the Bills haven't won a road game since December 13th of 2009, when they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 16-10 in Arrowhead Stadium. They are 0-5 since.