While I’d like to say I avoid thinking about the Detroit Lions until October or so, the truth is I’m a Michigan boy and can’t help but think that this might be the Lions’ “year” … I mean, it’s statistically possible, right?
When I received an email from NFL.com announcing the newly redesigned NFL.com, I headed over and found that the Lions won their preseason opener 27-26 as shown in this video featuring Calvin Johnson and 400+ Lion passing yards and then went on to stick it to the Cleveland Browns 23-20 yesterday.
Now preseason football games are basically the equivalent of a 1st grade report card, but they generated enough interest for me to check out NFL.com lead writer Pat Kirwan’s interesting and sort of upbeat Camp tour: Lions looking to make big move that asks the question:
ARE THE LIONS THIS YEAR’S NEW ORLEANS SAINTS?
From last to first in one year is the dream of every Lions fan. (starts well) This Detroit team will be better than the 3-13 team of 2006 but a quantum leap like the Saints made may be too much to ask. (it might be, but we like to believe) The Lions defense gave up 118 yards a game on the ground last year in division games. The pass rush only generated four sacks in six division games, while surrendering 232 yards per game. (yeah, there was that) The Lions offensive line is better and will protect Kitna but the Mike Martz offense usually gives up sacks. In six division games last year Kitna went down 26 times and the offense turned the ball over 18 times. (that too, but isn’t that what helmets are for?) I believe the team will do a lot better but a Saints turn around may be too much to ask.
Still … you think maybe a playoff game … or two?