Sep 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Reynaud (25) catches the kick off in the end zone and runs it back for the touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee defeated Detroit 44-41 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Lions Turnaround Relies on Special Teams Improvement

There is a lot of negativity surrounding the Detroit Lions season to date. It’s well deserved at 1-3 but the thought that the Lions can’t or won’t live up to expectations is a rush to judgement.

Granted, they have a hole to get themselves out of if they are to challenge for a second straight playoff berth, but their ability to do so largely comes down to correcting the two historically bad performances on special teams prior to the bye week.

I made the topic my focus of this week’s SideLion Report article for the Detroit Free Press at Here’s an excerpt:

It’s a scary but straight-forward proposition if the Lions can’t get their act together on special teams. Each game will continue to be played under an air of impending doom with each step forward seemingly followed by a step back. Unless of course the game starts with a step back like it did when Percy Harvin ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown.

But what if the Lions can turn around their special teams play to a respectable level? With the Lions currently sporting a top-five offense (412.3 yards per game) and a top 10 defense (315.8 yards allowed per game), simply shutting the special teams flood gates suddenly makes the 2012 Detroit Lions look a lot more like the team we all expected.

You can read the rest of my piece at

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