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Halfway There

The title of this post isn't in reference to the NFL season or something like that, but instead describes the progress of Jon Kitna's prediction for 2007.  He said way back before the season started that this team was capable of winning 10 games.  At the time of his statement, we all thought he was crazy.  

Obviously it isn't completely unexpected for players to say things like this since it is a form of motivation for his teammates and also is just positive thinking.  Still, everyone figured that Kitna was just sipping his own team's Kool-Aide and nothing more.  As it turns out, though, the Lions are halfway to Kitna's prediction as they have already won 5 games.  With 9 games remaining on the schedule, the possibility of Kitna's statement coming true is certainly there.  I'm not saying that it is a lock to happen or anything remotely close, but there's a chance, and really, that's all we can ask for as Lions fans.

Before the season I believe I had the Lions going 6-10.  As usual, I wasn't really feeling the optimism after another rough year.  Even with the bad feelings about 2007, I still figured Detroit could win 6 games, meaning that the Lions getting to 5 certainly isn't a surprise to me personally.  What is a surprise, though, is when the 5th win of the season happened.  I would've never imagined that the Lions would be a 5-win team by the end of October.  Going back to my prediction, I would've figured a 5th win for Detroit was scheduled to come sometime in December.

As I have said in many posts, I'm not proclaiming this team to be anything yet for the rest of the season.  I said in a post yesterday that anything can happen.  With that, we could be talking about a 6-win team at the end of the season.  I don't even want to think about a collapse that big right now, so I'm just going to enjoy the way things have gone already.  Looking ahead with this team can only stir up bad feelings because of the last 7 years, so I'm just going to concentrate on the 5-2 Lions for right now.  You guys can feel free to look ahead and predict whatever, I don't have a problem with that.  For me, though, expecting things from the Lions has always turned out bad, so 5-2 is 5-2.  Really, that's all I care about right now.

Before I wrap up this post, I will address a big "if."  If by some chance Jon Kitna's prediction comes true, and remember that's a big if, I think we'll have to set something up here to devote this blog to him for an entire week or say 10 days.  I questioned the hell out of the statement he made and he is doing everything he can to prove that the critics were wrong, so more power to you.  Again, though, we'll have to wait to discuss what to do when the time comes.  Hopefully that time will be right after December's first game in Minnesota.  The odds aren't great, but hey, there's a chance.

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