Thanks to Joshua over at DetFan1979’s Roar of the Lions (note the new URL), SideLion Report is part of what is called the Lions Congregation. Every week, he brings a panel of Lions bloggers the questions of you the readers. It is exciting to be a part of a solid group of writers and fans who share equal passion for our football team!
Here are this week’s questions:
1. Flapshak56 asks: Is Amari Spievey going to break out of his bust status by taking a hold on the safety spot across from Delmas or totally flame out?
2. Owenxvibills asks: Do you think the Bills have a shot at joining the Lions in infamy, or will they win a game this season?
3. Tim H. asks: what will it take before the Lions earn some respect from opposing teams? Seems like the Jets feel they will walk in and come out with an easy win. What are your thoughts on how they match up? I feel like the Lions have a great chance for another solid win.
My answers comes after the jump…
1. My how quick we are to throw around the bust label! It would be nice to see Spievey grab the safety spot opposite of Delmas and never let go of it but that might be expecting a bit much at this point. The Lions haven’t exactly put Amari in a position to succeed by waiting so long to switch him to safety and Spievey’s injuries during training camp certainly didn’t help. This one player development situation to watch but it is too early to talk about flaming out.
2. There is a chance the Bills could match the Lions’ 0-16 feat but chances are better against that happening. Their two consecutive overtime losses will lead to one of two outcomes: either the Bills will realize how close they have been to a win and breakthrough eventually or they will become demoralized and struggle the rest of the season. If they do find a way to win a game let’s just hope it isn’t their date with the Lions.
3. I get the feeling that the Lions are getting respect from teams around the league as well as the media. The Lions’ influx of exciting young talent has made the team more popular across the country and most teams won’t take a game against them for granted. The Jets are another story. Rex Ryan has purposefully instilled an attitude and swagger that they have been able to back up for the most part. It has worked for them so far but it will inevitably begin to wear thin when times aren’t so good.
The Lions rightfully enter Sunday’s matchup as the underdog but that doesn’t mean we have to resign ourselves to a loss. We have seen competitive games against other superior teams so there is no reason to expect anything different, especially considering how well the Lions have played at home. Add to that a sold out Ford Field that will surely be rocking and the Lions will be looking forward to hitting the field and show the nation how different they are from previous Lions teams.
You can read answers from each panel member at Roar of the Lions.
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