Lions Are off to a 2-0 Start, Will They Win the NFC North?

Chad IrvineContributor IIISeptember 19, 2011

The Lions home turf at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
The Lions home turf at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit Lions are a team that has been written off for years. Ever since their "imperfect" 0-16 season in 2008, the Lions have slowly been making a resurgence in the NFL. In 2009 they went 2-14, then improved to 6-10 in 2010. Looking at the way things have gone, they are due for a great year soon. 2011 looks like it might be their year. They are coming off a blowout win over last season's playoff contender in the Kansas City Chiefs. The Lions play the Vikings Week 3 and are hoping for a 3-0 start.

The Lions go into their bye week on the road, playing the Broncos. Also, Detroit plays the Bears on Monday Night Football. In such a tough division, it is going to be difficult for them to win it, and make the playoffs. It will be a tough fight between the Lions, Bears and Packers, but they will fight it out.

Since the addition of Ndamukong Suh, the Lions Defense has been good, but it is slowly getting better. Their offense has been what has hindered them in past seasons. Injuries to QB Matthew Stafford have hindered them in the past. If he can stay healthy, they certainly have a good chance to win the division, or at least earn a playoff berth. The Lions look like they are on a roll, winning six straight games dating back to last season. Also, their 48-3 win was a franchise record for the biggest win by a Lions team ever. 

W L T Pct Div Conf PF Pa Streak
Detroit Lions 2 0 0 1.000 0-0 2-0 75 23 W2
Green Bay Packers 2 0 0 1.000 0-0 1-0 72 57 W2
Chicago Bears 1 1 0 .500 0-0 1-1 43 42 L1
Minnesota Vikings 0 2 0 .000 0-0 0-1 37 48 L2

The Lions have scored the most points in the division, and have given up the fewest. Then again, they haven't faced the challenges, like the Saints, that the 2-0 Packers have. The two teams will meet in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. The Lions face some of the toughest teams during the last weeks of the season. They wrap up the season in what could determine the division winner, against the Packers. The Lions look forward to their season as they play the Vikings, Cowboys and Bears in weeks to come.