Found October 11, 2011 on CJ Sports NFL Talk:

Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson (81) Pulls Away From Chicago Bears Free Safety Brandon Meriweather (31) On A

The Detroit Lions are sitting 5-0, a first since 1956, but are they for real?  I am still not sold on this product.  A team that depends heavily on its passing and lacks a rushing game, is not balanced enough for my liking.  Then there lack of showing a defense present the whole game is still a scary thing.  Last nights game was the first in three games that they did not fall behind 20+ points.  How many games do the Lions think they can win in come back style??  How many times will this offense have to bail out the defense??

Last night I got my first beginning to end look at the Detroit Lions.  I liked the direction they are headed.  I like the things I saw, but I am still not all in.  I feel that the Bears beat themselves and not so much that the Lions beat the Bears.  The Bears had 14 penalties, with 9 of them being false starts.  9 false starts for a NFL team, any NFL team, is unacceptable.  I help coach 11-12 year olds, this is one of the first things that we teach the offensive line, so why as grown men are they having an issue with being offsides?  Then there was the horrible call against Urlacher.  That penalty of a “head shot” was one of the worst calls of the year.  He was know where near his head, nor did he lead with his head.  That play really disrupted the defense and lead to the Pettigrew touchdown a play later.

I will admit I was impressed by the performance of Jay Cutler.  This quarterback was hurried, hit, sacked, or atleast touched almost every single play.  Cutler toughed it up, made plays when plays weren’t there and kept the Bears in the game.  Cutler stood in the pocket and took preventable shots in order to make good passes.  The receivers could of helped out more by not dropping so many balls.  Cutler still was able to go 28-38 for 237 yards.  The completion percentage could of been of better if there weren’t so many dropped balls but I was more impressed with his heart and not so much what his stats say.

The Lions have really worked hard at turning a 0-16 team around from three years ago to now a team that is 5-0 and is on a 9 game winning streak. They are making believers out of many critics and fans, but I will sit back an observe and decide at mid-season whether they are a real contender or not.  Next week they are facing the San Fransisco 49ers and you might be surprised to find out who I will be picking to win the game this weekend.  I will release that and all my picks come Friday night.  I still see atleast 6 losses coming and I will bring you those in my blog about the Lions later in the week.  Lets call a ace an ace and a spade a spade.

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