The Detroit Lions have seemingly always found a way to surprise me, both good and bad. They once started 3-6 and won 7 straight games on to a 10-6 record with a high powered offense and then got blown out in the playoffs. They also once went 0-16 and got blown out every game.They are the text book definition of what I like to call an enigma.
Ahhh, it' s been a rollercoaster ride for us Lions fans this season. We have been watching mostly back-ups at a few key spots all season. We really don't know what to think of the rest of the season because of how things have played out so far. Thank God that DeAndre Levy and Matthew Stafford is coming back next game. Levy will shore up that run defense and Stafford has the talent to win those close games we lost. Had Stafford not gotten hurt, who knows what our record would be right now. But it's the NFL and injuries and bad calls happen, it just seems to happen to the Lions a lot more than others though. I don't know if it's just me, but those refs seem to call every infraction the Lions make, yet other teams get away with murder. Is it the Lions making the refs better at their job or worse? I don't know how to answer that just yet.
Not that it's all the refs fault, but it's part of it. The Lions just have a way of having the worst possible luck at the worst possible times. Things are definitely looking up though, the problem with this team no longer involves lack of talent. It involves young, undisciplined players who make too many mistakes and infractions against them and that don't know how to win yet. That's a lot better than years passed right? I thought so.
Once Stafford get's back on the field, we will see the the true potential of this team. Those close games will turn into wins once the penalties ease up and the quarterback actually get's the ball to his receivers on time and on target. They have 2 weeks to work on timing and the stupid mistakes. They are young players and need time to adjust to the scheme and their teammates, but let's hope they get it figured out in the next two weeks. If not, the season that already feels over really will be.