DETROIT - The Detroit Lions own a dubious piece of NFL history - with perhaps more on the way.

The Lions became the first 0-15 team ever when they were routed by New Orleans yesterday, 42-7. The Lions will try to avoid an 0-16 season in the finale at Green Bay, where they haven't won since 1991.

The Lions were outscored by a combined 176 points at home this season, smashing the previous record of 146 set by the 1981 Colts. Only the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976 went through a season winless in the modern era, but it was a 14-game schedule.

Drew Brees threw for 351 yards and two TDs for New Orleans (8-7). Four Saints ran for scores in the first half. *