Scanning the Savanna

The Detroit Lions ran off 10 points in less than two minutes of the fourth quarter last Sunday, erasing the Miami Dolphins’ 27-17 lead with 2 minutes, 44 seconds left in the game. The old Lions defense, circa November 2010, would have promptly given up a game-losing score in the final moments. Instead, here is what happened:

The Detroit Lions’ three-game winning streak came too late for a playoff push, but on his radio show today, coach Jim Schwartz identified one key to winning more consistently next year.
In places such as Buffalo, Detroit and Cleveland, even fans of teams that aren’t even sniffing at the playoffs get into the act when counting up how many wins their teams should have. Those wins evaporated because of a Steve Johnson drop for the Buffalo Bills against the Pittsburgh Steelers or a Drew Stanton incompletion against the New York Jets for the Detroit Lions or whatever.

There’s no doubt the Lions are showing signs of legitimacy, winning three in a row, two on the road, two against teams in the playoff hunt. And with the end of misery comes the arrival of an expectation so different, we might not know how to handle it.

Playoff contention. Next season.

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