Are Detroit Lions Contenders Or Pretenders In NFC?

By Ryan Wenzell
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions have looked pretty impressive in recent weeks. They destroyed the Green Bay Packers in a game that wasn’t even a contest on Thanksgiving where they out-gained the Pack by 500 yards.

That is no misprint. In fact, Lions running back Reggie Bush out-gained the Packers by himself. There is no doubt this team is loaded, especially offensively. Bush has given the Lions an added running dimension they have not had in recent seasons. Matthew Stafford is starting to come on as an elite quarterback in this league.

Calvin Johnson, aka “Megatron”, is simply the best receiver in football. He is in a class all his own — a dominant physical specimen that simply can’t be covered in 1-on-1 situations. This offense will be dangerous no matter where they travel in January, but are especially deadly on the fast track at Ford Field.

The question is the defense. The Lions’ secondary has been beyond bad over the past number of seasons. They simply didn’t do a thing to fix it in the offseason and it is showing. They rank 26th against the pass because their talent is simply nonexistent in the back end.

Lucky for them, they have some fierce defensive linemen in Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh. These guys stuff the run, get after the passer and lay the wood. Suh in particular is a beast inside. However, their dirty tactics have been noticed by other teams. This will need to be toned down in the playoffs. Head coach Jim Schwartz has this team firing on all cylinders. They have the talent to hang with anyone offensively.

Unfortunately, their defense is their Achilles’ heel and the ultimate reason why they will be sent packing come January.

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