Everyone should know the Detroit Lions are better right than their record indicates right, even though we have the same record this time last year.
For those Lions fans out there that are starting to plant the seed of doubt in your minds (you know who you are) and are starting to look toward the draft and next year. Here is a little article with some proof to ease your mind that these Lions are on the verge of doing something great.
I for one am a diehard Lions fan and will die as one.
I needed to dig up some research to calm my own worrisome doubts after a discouraging let-down in the 28-20 loss to the New York Giants this last Sunday. So, I thought I would share it with you all.
First I thought I would take a comparitive look at the first rebuilding stage which was last years team.
Six games into the season last year the defense had given up 674 yards on the ground to opposing teams. For a total of five rushing touchdowns.
This year the defense has given up a total of 833 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.
Now to look at that you could say: How in the hell are they any better this year? They have given up 159 more yards on the ground this year and two more touchdowns, and this is after they boosted the line with Williams, Suh, and Vanden Bosch!
First off let me say that it is dissappointing, but we can not forget that we had better linebackers last year and that is our biggest hole in defense this year. With Levy being unable to play and the transition of Follett, our linebackers are in bad shape to say the least.
Now lets take a look at what the secondary has done thus far.
Last year the Lions secondary gave up 1,643 passings yards in the first six games, and (you might want to sit down for this one) a whopping 17 passing touchdowns!
This year the secondary has allowed 1,344 passing yards for ten touchdowns. That is 299 less yards and seven less touchdowns.
I would say that this is a huge improvement over last years stats. This makes the bolstering of the D-line a little better right? Once again the black whole not holding up to their end of the bargain is the linebackers.
As far as interceptions go. Last year there was four and one returned for the score.
This year there has been seven interceptions and one returned for the score. Much improved!
I figured I would save the offense for the next series of games when Stafford is actually playing.
In short it is pretty obvious that the defense is on the rise in the motor city. This next draft should be the last few pieces to be added to complete the third phase of the rebuilding stage. After so many years of hope and disappointment waiting one more year is not going to be hard to handle.
And it seems that the NFC North is a division the Lions should be able to take hold of come next year. With the problems Favre and the Vikings are having, I don't see a repeat or a return of Favre next year which makes the Vikings an easier opponent.
The Packers aren't excactly the Superbowl team they were thought to be. With the struggle they put up to win against the Lions, I actually am looking forward to the next meeting in Week 14.
And then there are the Bears. First I don't think I'm alone when I say they lost that game! Now, they seem to be struggling on the offense all of a sudden and just like the Packers we will get the chance to beat them officially. When they come to the Lions house on Dec. 5.
So, keep the faith Lions fans. We will win more this year, and I see a run for the play-offs in the very near future. With the addition of a stud linebacker and maybe a corner/safety in the next draft, and for sure a little help for the o-line this will be a contender for the next decade.
So, you tell me. What are the major concerns on the team? what is the weakest link you think? What should be the focus of the makeover this next off-season?