Detroit Lions: 5 Reasons Why NFL Teams Should Fear Them

Katie DayCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2011

DETROIT - AUGUST 27:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions calls the play in the huddle. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT - AUGUST 27: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions calls the play in the huddle. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

There are five reasons, yes five reasons, why the teams in the NFL should fear the Detroit Lions this upcoming 2011 season:


The Defensive Line

Remember how during the 2011 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions were criticized for not taking on any linebackers? Oh if they only knew that the staff of the Lions was being smart.

They were smart to grab onto Nick Fairley for the 13th pick in the first round.

How he was still available at that point was beyond anyone. They grabbed all the players that they truly needed. Only then, during the trade and preseason moves, did they grab linebackers; veteran linebackers mind you.

The players on the defensive line this year look frightening and one can only wait to see if they will strike fear in the heart of their opponents offense.


Ndamukong Suh

This man is a beast. He is one of the most exciting defensive players that Detroit, and the NFL, has. He pushes his teammates hard and he makes quarterbacks shake in their shoes when they see him, there was proof of that when he rattled Tom Brady during a preseason game. He is also truly passionate about his team.

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Passionate enough to make a prediction the Lions will go 16-0. (Let’s only hope that he is correct.)



Calvin Johnson has added five pounds to his legs and arms during the lockout. He has added speed and power to himself. We all saw him last season, catching almost anything anyone threw at him.

We can only wait to see how much he has to offer this year; and what his touchdown celebrations will be like.


The Receiving Corps

It’s only the preseason, but the Detroit Lions are number one in offensive points, with the Patriots right behind them.

Let’s only hope that this will carry on into the regular season.

They are on fire. Nate Burleson’s catches have been incredible. There is no doubting the speed of Stefan Logan, he is as fast as lightning. With the addition of Rashied Davis and Titus Young, the Detroit Lions have talented wide receivers ready to rank up the scoreboard. 


Matthew Stafford

While the young man has had terrible luck with his injuries, he shows true potential and optimism. He is determined, and believes he will play in the playoffs this year. Despite his injuries, Stafford's arm is as powerful as ever.

Defensive lines should fear this young quarterback. He has something that many quarterbacks do not have: insight.

He has spent nearly two seasons on the sideline, watching. Most quarterbacks learn on the field, but Stafford has learned by observing. With his powerful arm and insight, Stafford might just bring the Lions all the way.