Raiola remembers all too well how the 17-game losing streak from 2007-08 spilled into the beginning of the 2009 season and dominated the headlines. He also remembers how tired he got of constantly answering the same questions over and over until the Lions broke the streak Week 3 vs. Washington.
If the Lions don't beat the Bears at Ford Field on Sunday, they'll guarantee themselves an eight-game losing streak heading into next season after being 4-4 at the midway point.
"I don't want to go into next season with a losing streak," Raiola said. "We've been through too many of those around here. It will help if we can get that monkey off our back.
"That's the first thing people talk about next year You're on an eight-game losing streak and that makes it that much tougher."
There's something to be said about entering the offseason on a positive note (as positive as 5-11 can be).
"You want to end the season on a high note," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said. "Last year we were a playoff team - unless you win the Super Bowl you're not winning your last game.
"I think the year before we had won our last four but just having that last one … it does give you a little bit of feeling going into the offseason. It's one of 16, but it is the last one that we play."
Also on the line Sunday is a chance to get their first and only win of the season in the NFC North. Being swept by Green Bay, Chicago and Minnesota will certainly leave a bad taste to a disappointing season.
The Lions don't relish the spoiler role they're now in too much, but they can affect the playoff picture with a win Sunday, and that's something to hang their hats on - if not for pride alone.
A Bears loss eliminates them from playoff contention.
"Nobody wants teams to celebrate at your own expense," Schwartz said. "I think that's important."