The Detroit Lions came out of the gates strong during the 2011 season, winning the first five games and looking impressive doing it. After stumbles against San Francisco and Atlanta, the Lions recovered by dominating the Denver Broncos to finish the first half of the season with a solid 6-2 record.
Detroit's impressive start puts them currently in first place for the NFC Wild Card. If the season ended today, the Detroit Lions would be in the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
However, the season does not end today. The Lions still have a lot of football to play after their week off. In the second half of the season, they will look to build off their early success and continue to build a team that can contend for Detroit's first-ever Super Bowl.
Until then, we can look back at one of the most exciting starts in Detroit Lions history. Here are some of the star players and highlights of the 2011 season so far.