Detroit Lions: Steady and Ready for the Playoffs

Pancho SmithCorrespondent IISeptember 9, 2011

DETROIT - JANUARY 03: Bryant Johnson #80 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a second quarter touchdown with Calvin Johnson #81 and Derrick Williams #12 while playing the Chicago Bears on January 3, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Four victorious preseason games? Well, we saw that a few years ago, just before the most awful regular season in NFL history. Lots of skill guys back, healthy and raring to go? That’s actually kinda new. The momentum of eight wins in a row? That’s really new.

Lions fans are way too timid with their expectations.

Guess what? The Lions have finally learned how to win.

Get used to it.

Wanna beat the Bucs in Tampa? Hell yeah. They were 10-6 last year. We beat them at the end of last season and they missed the playoffs because of that loss. Think they might be mad about that?

Think they may want revenge?


If you’re a longtime Lions fan, it’s natural to be worried. The old Lions would have figured out a way to choke and lose the game by now.

Not this team.

The Lions have figured out a couple of dozen ways to win their opener already.

Most of them will work.

Sure, you’ve heard about some of Tampa’s stars: Josh Freeman, LeGarrette Blount, Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Gerald McCoy and Aqib Talib.

Tampa Bay is a talented team on the rise, no doubt about it.

The problem for the Bucs is that they can’t match the talent that the Lions have. Not on offense. Not on defense. Not on the coaching staff. The Lions' talent matches up against their talent one-for-one. Then double that again on the Lions’ side.

Nor can Tampa match the motivation or momentum that the Lions have.

It will be good to watch Detroit win their opener this year on the road. But keep in mind that it’s a long season and the Lions have a formidable schedule on their way to the playoffs. Be patient. There are no bona fide guarantees of any particular single victory.

Be comforted, however, that this time around, a single bum TD call on Calvin Johnson or any of couple of dozen other guys in any game won’t be enough to derail the MoTrain.

Not this season.