Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) celebrates his first quarter touchdown catch during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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After 4-2 start, Detroit Lions SHOULD make playoffs
Jamie Samuelsen – Detroit Free Press

The Lions are 4-2. They’ve already played half of their road schedule and are 2-2 away from Ford Field. They’re tied for first in the NFC North with Chicago. They have two home games in a row coming up before a perfectly placed bye week at the mid point of the season. And then they have a very favorable back half of the schedule where they should be underdogs in only a few games.

As of now, the goalposts officially stop moving. As of now, we’ll plant them firmly in the ground and keep them there until the end of the regular season. The Lions haven’t reached their goal yet. But they should get there.

Emergence of Joseph Fauria might put extra stress on Lions’ foes
Chris McCosky – The Detroit News

Joseph Fauria isn’t going to be able to sneak up on anybody any more.

Not that a 6-7 rookie tight end who dances like he’s auditioning for a boy band was all that subtle in the first place, but he’s going to be discussed in a lot more defensive meeting rooms across the league after his three-touchdown effort Sunday.

Or is he?

Why Joseph Fauria’s role has been limited to the red zone for Detroit Lions
Kyle Meinke – MLive.com

Why is Fauria’s role so limited to the red zone?

It seems it’s a matter of a rookie who is still learning the position.

“He’s a young player, there’s still a lot of things that he’s working on,” coach Jim Schwartz said Monday. “I think everybody has seen some of his accomplishments and some of the things that he’s good at, but sometimes people miss the things that he’s still working on and he’s like any young player right there. There’s a lot of parts of his game that he’s still working on.

“Right now we’re just trying to find the best way to use guys, and try to put him on the field in situations that they can respond the best.”

Lions coverage units vastly improved from a season ago
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

It’s been well documented how well rookie punter Sam Martin is performing early on in his career.

Martin currently ranks third in the NFL (first in NFC) in punting average (48.9) and is fourth (third in NFC) in net punting (43.1). He is tied for second in the NFL (most in NFC) with 16 punts of 50-plus yards.

Martin has been good, but so too have the Lions coverage units.

Detroit Lions: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 7
Jeff Risdon — Bleacher Report

The Detroit Lions head home with a 4-2 record after beating the host Cleveland Browns 31-17 in Week 6.

After trailing 17-7 at halftime, the Lions played their best football of the season and outscored the Browns 24-0 in the second half to seize the elusive road victory.

It’s deja vu all over again in Week 7 as, for the second game in a row, the Lions face a first-place AFC North team from Ohio which wears orange as its primary color. The 4-2 Cincinnati Bengals make the trip up I-75 to Ford Field this Sunday.

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