Detroit Lions: 5-2 Is No Reason to Panic in Motor City

Nick KostoraContributor IIIOctober 24, 2011

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions looks on while playing the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Atlanta won the game 23-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions are in second place in the NFC North and in prime wild card positioning.

Fans should remember that before they get frustrated over the recent two game losing streak.

The Lions have played good football all season and if 5-2 is causing a panic amongst fans then that is just ridiculous.

These are the Detroit Lions we are talking about. This franchise has never known how to win. So give Jim Schwartz and the team a break if they are not perfect at it.

The Lions do admittedly have some glaring flaws that must be addressed. Namely their talented defensive line that is not stopping the run.

The unit is giving up 129 rushing yards per game and that is 28th worst in the NFL.

I would assume the recent talk of Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril being dirty players will get that bunch riled up for the next game. The d-line is simply too good to continue to play so poorly.

But lets say they do play better and are still considered dirty players, so what?

At least this team has a reputation for something other than mediocrity.

For far too long the rest of the NFL was able to look at a matchup against Detroit as an easy victory.

This is the franchise that chose to kickoff in overtime, allowed Matt Millen a chance to run an NFL team, and went an entire season without a win.

All I am saying is that after all Lions fans have been through it seems wrong to get upset over a two game losing streak. This team lost 19 in a row just a couple years ago!

Everyone needs to slow down and consider how good this team is, and how the losses they have incurred came against good teams in San Francisco and Atlanta.

Next week the Lions have a perfect opportunity to right the proverbial ship before their bye week as they travel to Denver to play the Broncos.

If they lose at Mile High then there is genuine cause for concern. The Broncos are a mediocre team starting a quarterback in Tim Tebow that cannot throw the football.

A loss in that game and a 5-3 record going into a bye week would undoubtedly bring out more nay-sayers, and make the Honolulu Blue bandwagon get a little lighter.

But the true fans realize the renaissance that is happening in the Motor City, and they will be smart enough to stay around for the whole ride.