Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/16/14
The Detroit Lions are an average football team. Their record says it, the numbers say it, the experts say it. Why then, doesn’t it make sense? Looking at the team on paper leads me to believe that they can be a legitimate contender.  Then I turn my television to the game on Sunday and my brain and eyes don’t agree. To be fair, injuries have killed this team.  Without Louis Delmas, the Lions’ defense isn’t the same monster.  Now the team may be without Chris Houston and Cliff Avril, both of whom left Sunday’s game with injuries. The injuries have been bad, but why can’t they score first half points?  Does Matt Stafford sleep through the first three quarters, then realize there’s a game to be played?  He’s fantastic once he does turn it on, but by then it’s too late. Sadly enough, the Detroit Lions are now out of playoff contention. Admit it.  That’s the first step to recovery.   Corrections: Seattle game was 2.5 weeks ago, Ponder was 24/32 this Sunday, and Suh has been penalized only once this season.  That said, he has only 14 tackles and 3.5 sacks.  
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