Sports Illustrated just released their midseason review of the NFL, with a couple notable points concerning the Detroit Lions.
1. Ndamukong Suh is the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.
With 6½ sacks, one interception, and one fumble recovery for a touchdown in just seven games, Suh could sit out the rest of the season and probably still win the defensive rookie award. The man has brought an attitude and an intensity to Detroit’s defense that was sorely lacking, and he already routinely sees double-team blocking.
2. Jim Trotter is sticking with his Super Bowl pick from the beginning of the year. Don’t remember who he picked? Here is a hint: they will play in Detroit on Sunday and they aren’t the Lions:
I’m sticking with my preseason pick of New York to get to the Super Bowl, but now I like them to win it. Yes, the offense looked lethargic in a 9-0 loss to the Packers. But the Jets still have one of the league’s more complete teams: They have a strong running game, receiving threats on the perimeter, a stingy defense and solid special teams. And I believe Mark Sanchez will continue to improve as the season progresses.
3. The Lions are mentioned very little in the report.
Why is this significant? As putrid as it might sound, the fact that the Lions are no longer being used as a punchline and don’t warrant ink regarding their futility means they are gaining respect and on the right track. Being in the muddled middle isn’t generally a place worth celebrating but considering where this franchise has been, I’ll take it for now.