Lions slipping with 3 losses in 4-game stretch

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm •  Published: December 9, 2013

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions slipped and slid plenty in the snow at Philadelphia. Maybe it was fitting.

The slumping Lions (7-6) have lost three of four games, blowing fourth-quarter leads each time, wasting chance after chance to take command of the NFC North.

"We'll just take this slap in the face and hope it wakes us up," cornerback Chris Houston said after Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Eagles. "We have two straight home games and we have to go get them. We can't get down on ourselves. We are still in a good position in our division. I think we like when our backs are against the wall."

Detroit hosts the defending champion Baltimore Ravens next Monday night and then the New York Giants before closing the regular season at Minnesota.

The Lions will remain in first place in the division headed into the weekend, but they have left little room for error over their next three games, all of which will be played indoors.

"Anytime it's in your hands like that, you feel good about your opportunities," Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. "I know this, the next three games we are not going to have to worry about eight inches of snow on the ground. We are not going to have to worry about 50 mph winds or anything else, but potentially in the future we still do."

That would be the playoffs — if Detroit can figure out how to tilt the turnover ratio back to its favor.

Detroit had a total of eight turnovers in losses against Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh, while failing to force one turnover in either game. The Lions then fumbled seven times and lost three to Philadelphia, which turned it over only once in the same conditions.

"I'd say the first half was probably more difficult than the second," quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "It was a little icier in the second, but it's no excuse. We had opportunities to make plays and we didn't make them."

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