Detroit Lions: The Good, Bad and Ugly of First 4 Games

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Detroit Lions: The Good, Bad and Ugly of First 4 Games
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We're just over four weeks into the NFL season, and there are people trying to throw dirt on the Lions' 2012 prospects.

While the Lions certainly haven't had the kind of start they were hoping for, a 1-3 record is not bringing a death knell on the season. Granted, the games against the Titans and Vikings certainly seemed winnable and pointed perhaps to larger concerns with the team.

But those issues, largely, are correctable. Good players not playing up to expectations is a very different ordeal than is, say, having only bad players whose best simply isn't good enough.

Of course, there are a number of teams every single year who miss the playoffs for both reasons, so while the Lions' problems are correctable, they still need to be corrected. The ship won't right itself after four games of play at approximately the same level.

The bye week is always a necessary opportunity to do some introspection and do that kind of tuning up, and I suspect that going into the bye week on a disappointing losing streak could be even more valuable than going in on a high note.

Even if the Lions had pulled out a victory against the Vikings last Sunday, it wouldn't change the fact that there are basic things wrong with the team that need to be addressed.

These aren't the old Lions that fold at the first sign of adversity. This losing streak should serve as a refocusing tool over the bye week, a sign that doing things the same way isn't going to cut it. That goes for the coaches as well as the players.

Changes need to be made, to game plans, players' prep work, maybe even some areas of the roster (special teams?). The losing streak gives them the justification they need to do it.

But that said, there are many elements of the team that are just fine. It's always possible to fine-tune, but the Lions (and their fans) need to understand which aspects of the team require fine-tuning and which require complete rebuilds.

With that in mind, here is my recap of the first quarter of the season, told via the pleasant, unpleasant and torturous aspects of the Lions' first four games.

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