Lions like quarter-season result, but need road wins

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Lions wide receiver Andre Roberts makes a catch against the Texans during the first half on Sunday in Houston.

Allen Park  — The Lions, like so many NFL teams, view the season as four quarters.

Detroit went 3-1 in the latest quarter, even if still stung a little bit Monday, a day after a 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

"That's definitely a positive thing that Coach (Caldwell) pointed out," wide receiver Golden Tate said. "We didn't have the best game by any means yesterday, but, hey, we ended up 3-1 in the quarter. If you look at all the other teams, 31 other teams, there's only a handful of those teams that went 3-1 in this quarter or better.

"We're excited about the second half. I feel like we should start peaking now."

The Lions started the season 1-3 — a failing mark in the first quarter, if you will.

They turned it around in the second quarter, thanks to a three-game winning streak that featured three fourth-quarter comeback wins.

That puts the Lions at .500 at halftime — with a grueling second-half schedule now staring them square in the face.

"To go 3-1 in a quarter is a difficult thing to do," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "I'm not certain the exact number of teams that have done that. I think New England's 4-0 in the quarter. There's a couple other teams that may be somewhere in that area, but it's not easy to do and that's how we look at it.

"We had a 3-1 quarter. We had a little hiccup at the end. We're getting ready to start all over again, just in terms of our next quarter."

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The Lions next play the Minnesota Vikings, again on the road Sunday.

Detroit's three-game winning streak took place entirely at Ford Field.

The Lions are 3-1 at home and 1-3 on the road, something they know they must get corrected.

"Yeah, I think you gotta bring your own energy, for sure," Tate said. "At home, you're comfortable, you have your people, your crowd. So we're comfortable as we've shown at home.

"We've gotta be able to win on the road, especially to be a playoff team."