This week's question from Marshall Faulk is about what adjustments need to be made to ensure that the Detroit Lions are "fighting for a playoff spot" in the second half of the season. Although the Lions still have one game to go before they are officially halfway through the season, the answer to Faulk's question is quite obvious: Detroit has to fix its offense.
The Lions' struggles on offense have been well-documented as of late. The offensive line just isn't on the same page, and Matthew Stafford is facing far too much pressure as a result. To make matters worse, the Lions are still struggling to get their running game going, and they've been decimated by injuries at multiple positions.
The other big issue for the Lions on offense is that they are still getting adjusted to their new scheme. With that in mind, there should be improvement on offense as the season progresses simply because there will be more familiarity with Joe Lombardi's offense over time. Along with that, getting Calvin Johnson, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria back from injury and getting the likes of Reggie Bush, Theo Riddick and Brandon Pettigrew completely healthy will give the offense a big boost after the Lions' bye week.
As the Lions get ready to complete the first half of the season and turn their attention to their final eight games, the fact that no real adjustments need to be made on defense is quite shocking. The defense has carried this team through seven weeks and has been one of the very best units in the entire NFL. Nobody saw that coming before the season, yet the Lions are in a position where they need the offense to catch up to the defense. If the offense does catch up to the defense, the Lions will be a very, very dangerous team.