Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers: 3 Things We Learned (and Didn’t)

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Sep 14, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) gets tackled by Carolina Panthers outside linebacker Thomas Davis (58) and outside linebacker A.J. Klein (56) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The big news of week 2 is that the Detroit Lions are not going 16-0 this season.

But in fairness, they’re not going 0-16, either. Anything in between is still in play.

That much is obvious, so why even point it out? Well, simply put, it’s early in the season, and much like I said last week, people have a tendency to see everything in extremes. Last week, the Lions looked like world-beaters This week, they lost to a good Carolina team, and this happened:

Repeat ad infinitum. Within the Lions’ fandom, the phrase “same old Lions” translates roughly to, “the Detroit Lions have lost a football game or made a poor play therein.” It can be used if the Lions get blown out by 40, lose on a last second field goal, or (as I found out last week) when they lead by 7 at halftime. But are these the “same old” Lions? Here’s what we know about them through two games.