Last week against the San Francisco 49ers, the Detroit Lions were defeated 25-19 to end their hopes of a perfect season. The first loss of the 2011 season came as a result of sloppy offensive play that, for the first time this season, the Lions were unable to correct in the second half of football.
Since the loss last week, the Detroit Lions have been in the middle of several media controversies, including an admitted referee mistake that gave the 49ers five extra yards, a postgame scuffle between Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh and a failed trade that revealed Jerome Harrison has a brain tumor.
This week, the Detroit Lions have the chance to put everything behind them and prove that they are still a top contender in the NFL.
To do this, they must first get through a very tough Atlanta Falcons team who have had a disappointing start to the 2011 season. With a record of 3-3, the Falcons are ranked third in the NFC South and, like the Lions, are looking to make a statement this week.
Here are five questions surrounding the Detroit Lions this week, which will ultimately decide if they can rebound after last week's game with a win this weekend over the Atlanta Falcons.