Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Not The Same Old Lions

In my last post to this blog I refereed to how losing the first game of the 2011 season to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may give some Lion's fans the right to use their favorite phrase "same old Lions". Well what the Detroit Lions did in Tampa Bay proved that these aren't the same old Lions, the Detroit Lions proved that they were downright better than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in every aspect of the game and Tampa Bay isn't a bad team. Now I will admit that there were some "same old Lions" moments like the two boneheaded plays by Sthephen Peterman and Gosder Cherilus among others but in the end where the "same old Lions" would have let Tampa Bay send the game to overtime and eventually lose, these Lions held on for a win. Also these Lion's weren't satisfied with their play even in their winning effort.

"I am not going to discount the value of a win, particularly a win on the road," Schwartz said. "But we definitely have to play a lot better than we played today. We made too many mistakes that kept Tampa in the game.

"I guess it's the sign of a good football team that we made those mistakes and still came out with the win. But there are things that happened in this game that are inexcusable and they will not continue."

Not one quote about pounding the rock or keeping the pad level low, plus actually holding players accountable for stupid plays, are these the Lions we're talking about? It's music to my ears and even though we're only one week into the 2011 season overall I'm loving what I'm seeing. However let's see if they continue looking good next week against a Kansas City team who looked horrible in week one.

In closing I'd just like to say.....

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Detroit Lions Must Win Against Tampa Bay

During week 15 of the 2010 NFL season a 3-10 Detroit Lions team took on a 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that was still fighting to make the playoffs. Tampa Bay was without Gerald McCoy and Quincy Black however the Detroit Lions were without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, backup quarterback Shaun Hill, linebacker Landon Johnson, and running-back Jahvid Best was hobbled by turf toe injuries on both feet.

With Tampa Bay still in the playoff hunt and the Detroit Lions playing for nothing other than pride the Lions and third string quarterback Drew Stanton were able to deal a serious blow to the Buccaneers playoff opportunities by pulling off an upset win in overtime.

This season the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off on week one of the 2011 NFL season on equal footing, both are still fighting to make the playoffs. However the loser of this game may be dead in the water and not even know it. According to stats released by both and, since 1990 only 24% of teams that lost their first game made the playoffs. When it comes to teams losing their week one game and winning their division, only 14% of teams have been able to accomplish this feat.

So for all of the Detroit Lions fans who have been drinking the Honolulu blue kool aid all off season may be justified in yelling "same old Lions" as they jump off the bandwagon if the Lions lose. This game is as important as any other game the Lions will play this season and if Matthew Stafford fails to lead them to victory against a team Drew Stanton was able to beat then maybe, just maybe they haven't improved as much as we all think.

I'll agree that on paper this team is leaps and bounds ahead of any Detroit Lions team in recent memory however it HAS TO translate into great on the field performances or it doesn't matter.