This is a situation of a glass being half-full, or half-empty. The Lions are coming off a 2-14 season in 2009, and for the second season in a row lost former first round pick Matt Stafford for the season with a shoulder injury.
The Lions are 2-7, which sounds like a poor record. But perhaps this is just the year for 2-7 teams like the newly rejuvenated Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions are out to prove the old Bill Parcells saying wrong. Maybe you aren’t what what your record says you are.
Even at 2-7, the Lions have out-scored their opponents in 2010. Yeah, they’ve out-scored their opponents 215-202, and they’re 2-7? Yeah, sucks doesn’t it? But what else do you expect? The Lions are the only NFL franchise that has been in existence for every one of the 44 Super Bowls and has never attended the big game. So we’ve got a 2-7 team that has out-scored its opponents, including wins of 38 and 12 points. However, they’ve dropped the close ones, including two losses by two points, two losses by three points, one loss by five points, and another loss by eight points.
The good news for Detroit fans is that this franchise is legitimately on its way up. Everywhere you look on the team, a legitimate playmaker is there. When Matthew Stafford is healthy, he has the ability to be a very, very good quarterback. Calvin Johnson might be the most physically gifted wide receiver. Tight end Brandon Pettiegrew has the potential to cause serious matchup problems, and running back Jahvid Best has the breakaway speed to be one of the most electrifying backs in the league.
On the defense side, free safety Louis Delmas has proven to be a playmaker after being selected in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL draft. He returned an interception 101 yards his rookie season for a touchdown. Also on defense is rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. I don’t think I need to say anything else. The motor and intensity that Suh plays with is contagious and spreads throughout the entire defensive unit.
So while the team might be 2-7 so far this year and the glass looks half-empty this year, the glass really is half-full going forward.
The next step is a matchup against the 2-7 Dallas Cowboys in a battle of 2-7 teams that could easily be 5-4.