The Detroit Lions have been tearing up the NFL after two weeks in the 2011 regular season, now they continue to make history, doing something they haven’t done this century. For the first time since 2000, the Lions are better than a 3 point road favorite. According to various wagering site, the Lions are between a 3 1/2 to 4 point road favorite this coming Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Do I like this wager? I love it.
The Lions have posted 75 points in their offensive output in two games and have only surrendered 23 points. Detroit has scored more offensive points than the New England Patriots, with record-setting QB Tom Brady. The only other team to surrender fewer points is the Houston Texans, 20 points.
The Lions are riding the back of a 10-game win streak heading back to the 2010 season, when you include the pre-season. Yes, many people discount the pre-season, but when you are trying to exorcise the demons which have plagued the Lions as long as they have, any win streak, any win, teaches this young team how to win. The Lions are on the current pace for a record setting 600 regular season points.
Detroit is firing on all cylinders right now, the fan base is excited, and with good reason. The Lions might very well be 7-1 by the time they enter their bye week in week 9.
As the pieces continue to fall into place for Detroit, this is starting, early on, to look like a team which might win 11-12 games, with the major disclaimer- If QB Matthew Stafford stays healthy. You always must add that disclaimer when discussing the Lions.
If Stafford can remain healthy, there is a chance that the duo of Stafford to WR Calvin Johnson could shatter the single season receiving touchdown record (Randy Moss-23, 2007) could be broken.
I think there is a very good chance this Lions team will start the season 6-0 with their next games being against the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers before squaring off against the Atlanta Falcons. Expectations are high in Detroit, and with good reason. This is not the Matt Millen-led Lions, this team is legitimate.