The Detroit Lions Have Some Pretty Big Buts

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I will admit it, part of the reason I wrote this article was because I wanted to use the title. Boys outgrow a lot of things but potty humor isn’t one of them.

Whether you believe the Lions will finish 4-12, like SI’s Peter King, or 9-7, like one veteran NFL scout, there are still plenty of question marks on this team.

The overall organization is trending upward, but…

…the Lions face a difficult schedule, particularly early in the season.

The Lions aren’t to the point where a road game at Chicago is considered easy by any stretch of the imagination. The bad news is that it should be considered the easiest game of the Lions first four games. After that, the Lions face three straight games against teams that won at least eleven games last year, including road games at Minnesota and Green Bay.

The Lions best chance for a win before their week seven bye comes in week five when the St. Louis Rams visit Ford Field. The Rams managed to get their lone win of the 2009 season in Detroit. Another loss at the hands of the Rams could send the Lions’ 2010 season into the tank quite early.

Of the ten games that remain after the bye week, five of those are against teams that made the playoffs last season. It is very possible that the Lions could be vastly improved and have very little to show for it in terms of their final record.

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  • Ross Z

    In my humble opinion:

    Games that should winnable: 1 of 2 from the Bears, St. Louis, Buffalo, and Tampa Bay

    Games that we have a shot at winning if we play well: Philly, Giants, Redskins, Miami, 2nd game from the Bears

    Games that you can file in the ‘L’ column: Minnesota x2, Green Bay x2, Jets, Cowboys, Patriots

    Basically, if they win 4-5 games, I’ll be content. Less than that will be disappointing and more than that would be bliss.

    • Zac Snyder

      Looks about right. As the Lions continue their march towards respectability we can look forward to filling in the traditional “Games the Lions should win but won’t” category.