Historically, November proves to be a solid month for the Detroit Lions independent of their season record. This year, the Lions find themselves in a fantastic position to at least secure a home playoff game after an impressive 5-3 start. After the bye week, NFL analysts suggest the Lions’ schedule is full of uncomplicated opponents, and the playoffs are pretty much secure for Detroit.
The big question moving forward is what needs to be adjusted for a playoff clinch?
First off, Detroit needs to play consistent football across four quarters: losses against Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals were the direct result of poor execution. A second key component is a greater involvement of Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush in the offense. Their solid play has catapulted the production of secondary role players such as Kris Durham, Joseph Fauria and Joique Bell.
Finally, we need to remember the playoffs are for winners and the Lions’ defense has been anything but consistent throughout the first half of the season. I believe it’s fair to say, right now, that the Lions have had to score more touchdowns on offense to make up for an underachieving defensive unit.
Several media outlets had the Lions’ defense noted as fearsome across all defensive lines, but there has been too much hype about the potential of each player throughout the year and we’ve yet to see the defensive side of the team com together. Will the Lions’ defense regroup to help secure a spot in the playoffs?