Detroit Lions

Brutal Turnovers Continue as Lions End Season with 8th Straight Loss

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 30: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions sits on the ground after fumbling the ball on the nine yard line during the third quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bears defeted the Lions 26-24.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2012

Matthew Stafford fumbled two balls away and lost another on an interception, while Mikel Leshoure coughed the ball up on a short play, with all four turnovers contributing to another in a long line of losses to end the season.

Eight straight losses isn't so much a skid as it is a flaming car wreck. Which explodes. And then catches on fire again.

The turnovers weren't the only story, and yet another slow offensive start by the Lions caused them to fall behind and forced them into a hole they would never climb out of.

Calvin Johnson had fewer than 100 yards for the first time since Week 8 and failed to reach 2,000 yards, and the rest of the receivers continued to be mediocre, though Kris Durham made a really nice catch again in this game and might find a nice role for next season.

Still, with the season wrapped, the Lions now have a very daunting task ahead of them. How do you fix a team which, really, was in a lot of close games that didn't fall its way?

Is Jim Schwartz on the hot seat? Scott Linehan? What about the secondary? Is that the focus or is the offensive line? What about more receivers?

On top of it all, reports have surfaced that there are concerns within the franchise about the "culture" of the clubhouse and the players populating it.

Monday looks to be a very interesting day for the Lions and their fans.

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