This week's question from Marshall Faulk is quite simple. He wants to know what one word you would use to describe the 2014 Detroit Lions based on what happened in the first five weeks of the season.
Currently, the Lions are 3-2 and tied for first place in the NFC North, and they've shown a lot of promise so far this season. They've also shown that there is still a lot of work to do for this team to truly take that next step. After all, simply converting field goals has been a big struggle for them this year, and their pass protection has been, well, pretty much nonexistent.
Based on what I saw in the first five weeks, I think inconsistent is the best way to describe the 2014 Lions so far. Against the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, the Lions really looked like one of the league's best teams. And even with some struggles against the New York Jets, they made the plays necessary to win the game. Against the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills, however, the Lions looked a lot like the team that collapsed last season.
Inconsistency is nothing new for the Lions given what's happened in recent years, and that's what's so frustrating. At times the Lions play up to their potential and look like a dominant team, but they also often let simple mistakes like untimely turnovers and special teams blunders bring them down. For this year, fixing those inconsistencies is obviously going to take more than five weeks, but that's how I'd describe them so far.
What one word would you use to describe the Lions after five weeks of the 2014 season?