Detroit Lions: 5 Veterans Failing to Meet Expectations

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Detroit Lions: 5 Veterans Failing to Meet Expectations
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The Detroit Lions are 3-0, and they're gotten there with a series of wins so special, so liberating, so incredibly improbable, I'm loathe to write anything negative about the team.

But you see, that's the trap. Do you think Jim Schwartz is satisfied with this win? His team beat down the Kansas City Chiefs 48-3, and all he could talk about was how the team could have played better. That's what winners do. They constantly seek the perfect win, constantly try to improve, constantly right the wrongs.

And while the 2011 Lions certainly look like a charmed team, capable of winning every time out, they only looked that way for a half of football.

Even in the half they played well, there were still some opportunities for improvement. Oddly enough, though, it's the young guns who are really exceeding expectations right now (welcome to the NFL, Titus Young), and some of the veterans who need to raise their level of play.

The good news is, there's only five of them. The bad news is, most of the team doesn't fall under the "veteran" category.

But we'll start with the one everybody's going to talk about all week.

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