Detroit Lions: 5 Things Fans Learned About the Team in the 2011 NFL Preseason

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Detroit Lions: 5 Things Fans Learned About the Team in the 2011 NFL Preseason
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The Detroit Lions beat the Buffalo Bills 16-6 in their preseason finale on Thursday night.

This gives the Lions a perfect record in the preseason, which doesn't mean much. Fans know what happened in 2008 after going untouched in the preseason, so it's nothing to boast about. Regardless, the team looks improved and there is a true excitement in Detroit.

Interviews on the sideline during Thursday's broadcast highlighted the Lions attitude heading into the regular season. Head coach Jim Schwartz and defensive end Cliff Avril said the team "Has a long way to go", while offensive lineman Rob Sims stated, "We got work to do."

Most telling was wide receiver Nate Burleson, who confidently professed that the team has to "create a habit of winning." This speaks volumes as to where the Detroit Lions are headed as a franchise. This should make any fan proud.

On a side note, 41 year-old field goal kicker Jason Hanson went 8-for-8 in the preseason. He is truly a Lions great. With a winning season, Hanson will get the credit he deserves for the two decades of service he's provided for Detroit. 

The 2011 NFL regular season kicks-off on September 11 as the Lions travel to Tampa Bay to battle the Buccaneers. Jim Schwartz will have the boys in Honolulu Blue focused and ready to roar.

Talk is talk, now it's time for the Detroit Lions to prove themselves and win. 

Here are five things that Detroit Lions fans learned in the 2011 preseason.   

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