Pittsburgh among cities least friendly to Detroit Lions over past 70 years

Considering the Detroit Lions have lost eight straight games to open this season, and 12 straight overall (dating back to a Dec. 6 win in Chicago), it’s hard to believe we’re still finding surprising stats about their losing ways.

But that’s the Lions — they keep on giving, especially to opposing teams, and especially on the road. This week’s trivia nugget, courtesy of the Freep’s Carlos Monarrez: The Lions are winless in Pittsburgh since 1955, a run of 10 games. How long ago was 1955? The Ford family was still eight years from purchasing the franchise. Not only that; the franchise was still two years away from winning its most recent NFL title (1957).

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Steelers defensive end Melvin Ingram (8) celebrates a play with safety Minkah Fitzpatrick during a preseason game vs. the Lions in Pittsburgh, Aug. 21, 2021.

Of course, the NFL’s scheduling matrix, with its emphasis on games within divisions and conferences, has played a part in this. But so too has the Lions’ impotence over the years. Of the 29 other cities currently hosting NFL teams, the Lions are winless this century in 12, or more than 40%. (And that’s not including San Diego, where the Lions went 0-for-5 from 1981-2015 before the Chargers relocated to Los Angeles.)

But, as we know from years of watching the Lions, some winless streaks are more depressing than others. And so, with that in mind, here are the five cities in which the Lions have the longest droughts.

Buffalo: Dec. 22, 1991

Lions kicker Matt Prater watches his field goal attempt miss late in the fourth quarter of the Lions’ 14-13 loss on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y.

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