A season opening win is sure to please Detroit Lions fans and the national media will take notice if the opening of Pro Football Talk’s recap is any indication. It reads as follows:
For the first time in more than a decade, the Detroit Lions look like a good football team.
It’s only Week One, of course, and it’s too early to conclude that Detroit has finally fielded a winner. But it sure looked that way today in Tampa Bay, as the Lions beat the Buccaneers 27-20.
The theme that will remain from today’s game is that the Lions got it right. That may be the theme outside of the Allen Park facility but those within it won’t be satisfied with what they did today. Lions radio analyst Jim Brandstatter interviewed head coach Jim Schwartz after the game and tweeted the following:
Schwartz not thrilled…glad to win but should have been more lopsided but for Lions own mistakes
Winning on the road hasn’t come easily to the Lions over the years but it actually hasn’t been very long since they last started a season with a road win; the last time that happened was in 2007. The team finished with a deceiving 7-9 record and followed it up with the leagues first 0-16 season in 2008.
There isn’t any reason to believe that the Lions are set up for that kind of disappointment but the point remains that a week one road victory doesn’t mean anything unless it serves as a foundation on which to build. A foundation is useless by itself. Jim Schwartz and company now move on to building that house.