Lions Back In The Spotlight

Is Ndamukong already the NFL’s best DL?

With Stafford under center, Calvin is already the NFL’s best WR

Not since the days of Barry Sanders and Herman Moore have members of the Detroit Lions received so much national press.  Defensive Rookie of the Month, Ndamukong Suh.  NFC Special Teams Player of the month, Stefan Logan.  Nominee for Offensive Rookie of the Month, Jahvid Best.  Young talent is starting to emerge in Detroit .

And it’s not just the awards.  Detroit players are generating loads of national buzz and hype.  Pro Football Talk calls the Calvin Johnson vs. Darrelle Revis matchup “this week’s main event.”  Johnson is finally getting recognition as one of the best receivers in the league, and the fact that he is being touted as elite cornerback Revis’s “ultimate test” means that young Lions are making their mark.  Even in fantasy football circles, the return of Matthew Stafford (coupled with a 4 TD performance last week) is making him a hot commodity on the waiver wire.

Everywhere you look, the Lions are winning accolades for a high-powered offense and a fearsome defensive line.  Detroit draft picks like Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, Louis Delmas, Ndamukong Suh, Jahvid Best and even Brandon Pettigrew (hang onto the ball, Pett!) and DeAndre Levy (stay healthy Dre!) are becoming stars in front of our eyes.  Moreover, the Detroit front office has done wonders by picking up other teams’ leavings like Alphonso Smith (4 interceptions in 5 games) and Stefan Logan (see above).

Veteran acquisitions like Kyle Vanden Bosch, Nate Burleson and Cory Williams have paid huge dividends not only with their play but also with their leadership on and off the field.  These guys are playing hard, and their work ethic and attitude is contagious.

So far, this improvement has only translated to 2 wins in 7 games.  However, the Lions for the first time in a long time truly seem like a team on the rise.  They face a very tough test against the NY Jets this week, and a Lion win would have to be considered an upset.  However, what makes this team different this year is that fewer and fewer people would be surprised if the Lions pulled it off.

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