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|The Detroit Lions take their turn in the examination room after losing to Minnesota.|
I agreed with coach Jim Schwartz when he said: “I think if you look at our first three games, I think it’s obvious that we have enough ability to play.” The Lions look better than their recent teams, and in particular they have more spark and fight in them. But ultimately, they’re 0-3. Schwartz, meanwhile, is 2-17 in his first 19 games in this job. What is keeping this team from getting over the hump? “We need to be able to make plays that win us the game rather than have the play that cost us an opportunity at the game,” Schwartz said. He has accomplished the task of raising the energy level and competitiveness of the team, but that next step is proving more difficult than he might have anticipated.