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Division Rank: Second in the NFC North
It appears everyone is buying into the shockingly—though not so shockingly—good Detroit Lions. Don’t.
There’s no doubting how outstanding the Detroit Lions have looked on both sides of the ball. Ndamukong Suh is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Calvin Johnson is quarterback Matthew Stafford’s dream.
The Lions have quickly evolved into an exciting highlight reel that NFL fans cannot take their eyes off of. Their two losses have come in close games against good teams. So what’s the gripe?
Whether the league wishes to believe it or not, the NFL still relies heavily on the run for success. The Detroit Lions are inept in the run game on both sides of the ball.
Running back Jahvid Best started out hot, but his second concussion in two months has his future in doubt. Maurice Morris has been a good No. 2 to Best, but he’s not the man to carry the whole load for the Lions.
The Lions’ passing attack can certainly light up the scoreboard, but with much of their remaining schedule boasting some of the NFL’s premier pass defenses, Stafford’s going to need some help from his running backs and O-line if he wishes to lead the Lions to the playoffs.
Detroit’s 30th-ranked run defense does not foretell a promising future for the Lions either.
Every single remaining game on the Lions’ schedule, outside of the San Diego Chargers, presents at least one dangerous rushing threat. The Lions will need to tighten up on the 137.6 yards per game they have allowed on the ground thus far or it could be a long second half.
For the first time in years, the Detroit Lions are good. They are fun to watch and put a lot of talent on the field. Unfortunately, the Lions still are not quite there.
Maybe next year, Detroit.