Scanning the Savanna

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The 2007 Lions were balancing on a razor’s edge even when they were 6-2.  They were destroyed in the two games they lost, falling 56-21 at Philadelphia and 34-3 at Washington.  You never knew going in exactly what the team was going to look like when they ran out of the tunnel.

This year, Detroit’s two losses are by a total of 13 points.  In addition, when they fell behind big to Minnesota and Dallas, they didn’t give up like the 2007 team did.  The Lions came back and won both games.

On Tuesday, Smith was back in the same corner of his old locker room, eager to try to contribute to a team that’s very much in the race for a playoff spot.

There are about 50 different explanations as to why the Lions have turned from laughing stock into legit contender for the title of “Second-best team in the NFC.” (Green Bay seems to have wrapped up the top spot.)

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