Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 10/2/12

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 12: Nate Burleson of the Detroit Lions is slowed by Zack Bowman of the Chicago Bears during the NFL season opening game at Soldier Field on September 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Lions 19-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The way Nate Burleson looks at it, the Detroit Lions offense has become a victim of its own success. Since the season-opening kickoff against St. Louis, opponents have been playing the Lions a little different. Its the classic bend-but-dont-break approach, basically from start to finish. Theyre keeping two safeties deep most of the time, not blitzing, just trying to take away the big play and force the Lions to drive the length of the field with razor-sharp execution, without making a mistake. Its the ultimate show of respect for star receiver Calvin Johnson and the best way to contain the Lions high-powered passing game. So far, its been working. The Lions are 1-3 and the offense has been inconsistent, certainly not as explosive as in the past. We changed the way a lot of teams game-plan us, receiver Nate Burleson said. Last year teams were confident enough to give us single high safety (one deep safety) and get Calvin one-on-one coverage. We played them out of that. Now every...
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