Honestly, I saw these two ugly losses coming from ten miles away. Even when we were 5-0, I saw the teams we've beaten this year and wondered if we'd really been tested. Yes, we had major comebacks that were beyond impressive against Dallas and the Vikings on their own turf. Yes, we crushed KC, and Denver eventually. And we had a huge win over the Bears on MNF in Detroit.
But the Packers and Saints are a different breed of teams. They have won recent Super Bowls with their star players. They have been tested and proven. Their QBs are lights-friggin'-out right now. WITH ALL THE STUPIDITY THAT THE LIONS COMMITTED IN BOTH GAMES, they weren't blown out completely.
All the Lions need to do is reel in the overemotional reaction to every little thing. We are still learning to win, and the pressure of being considered winners seems to be tough for them to handle right now. The limelight is new to all of them.
The test is truly coming in these last four weeks. Vikings. Chargers. Raiders. Packers. We have a chance to regroup. We can win 3 of these last 4 in my opinion. That puts us at 10-6 for the year. It is amazing to me, after how bad we were in 2008 and before, that we are at this point already....being considered playoff hopefuls. Honestly, it's a beautiful thing.
They will learn from their mistakes. Trust me, Jim Schwartz is a smart guy. They are all going through continued growing pains, and this will only make them stronger together. Smarter together. Better on the field together.
Are you telling me after this year of learning how to win....plus getting Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best back, Nick Fairley having an actual offseason to improve and get in shape, draft picks, free agency, having just re-discovered Kevin Smith looking better than ever...etc.... that we aren't heading somewhere extremely special?
We will be just fine.