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Winless Detroit Lions approach games after last week's bye as a new season

Lions running back D’Andre Swift carries the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 31 in Detroit. (AP photo)

By LARRY LAGE

AP Sports Writer

Dan Campbell spent much of last week scouting his own winless team, searching for the good, bad and ugly the Detroit Lions put on film while opening the season with a string of setbacks.

“There is a lot of young talent on this team when you go back and just dive into the last eight weeks that you see improvement,” Campbell said Monday, coming off the team’s bye.

“And look, the hard thing right now is the fact that what happened (against) Philly puts a bad taste in everybody’s mouth and it does ours, too.

“But when you do go back and you kind of step back and look at it in its totality, you do see improvement out of young players.”

Detroit was drubbed by the Eagles 44-6 on Oct. 31 in its previous game.

The Lions (0-8) will get another chance to avoid being the NFL’s only winless team on Sunday against Pittsburgh on the road.

While the Lions have lost every game they’ve played, former quarterback Drew Stanton said people throughout the organization have told him that Campbell has not lost the respect of players in the locker room.

“That’s good, but I wouldn’t think that I would either,” the first-year coach said.

Lions running back D’Andre Swift carries the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 31 in Detroit. (AP photo)

WHAT’S WORKING

D’Andre Swift has been a bright spot, leading all NFL running backs with 47 receptions and ranking second at the position with 415 yards receiving. Swift, drafted in the second round in 2020, has scored five touchdowns to more than double the total of any teammate.