Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/19/14
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- In many ways, the first half of this Detroit Lions season has gone the complete opposite of how most would have expected. No touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson, but a respectable, emerging run game? The secondary, widely considered the teams weak link, is depleted by injuries week after week, but the Lions still rank No. 7 in total defense and No. 8 in pass defense? A home loss to Minnesota but a victory at Philadelphia? It hasnt gone by the script, thats for sure, but the Lions have battled back from a 1-3 start to win three of their last four, including two road victories, to get back in the race for a NFC playoff berth. Roller coaster is how center Dominic Raiola described the first half of the season. We had some chances to win some games and didnt, but we came back and won some games late that we needed to win, added Stafford, who has eight touchdown passes and seven interceptions. I think the last two weeks, we played some of ou...
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