For the undefeated Detroit Lions, the best is yet to come

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Following ugly victories over the Eagles and Chargers, the undefeated Detroit Lions have yet to show fans their best. What can happen when they do?

Ugly. That’s the best way to describe the Detroit Lions‘ play through their first three games of the regular season. They are also undefeated after starting the season with a tie to the Arizona Cardinals and then posting two three-point victories over the Los Angeles Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Through the initial leg of the regular season, the Lions have been playing ugly football. In fact, their best performance was likely in Week One against Arizona. For three-quarters of that contest, Detroit dominated the Cards on both sides of the ball.

The Lions had a 17-3 lead at halftime in Arizona. The defense limited them to only six points through three quarters. And the Pride possessed a nice 24-6 lead four seconds into the fourth. Then it all collapsed.

Still, for three-plus quarters it appeared all the offseason investments by Detroit had paid off. The drafting of another first-round tight end seemed like a genius move with rookie T.J. Hockenson posting a record six receptions for 131 yards and his first touchdown.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford nearly cracked the 400-yard mark against the Cardinals, throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions. Second-year head coach Matt Patricia was finally living up to his pedigree. The dream had come true.

Resilience is a word that’s being thrown around to describe the Lions. They certainly had to be in order to bounce back from that disheartening 27-27 tie to start the season against Arizona. The 13-10 over the Chargers in Detroit’s home opener was nice but hardly convincing that this version of the Pride was any different than the last.

Then Sunday happened. The Lions went into Philadelphia and pulled out of town with a 27-24 win. Surprise? Certainly. Shock? Probably. Regardless, it’s a W. Detroit remains undefeated and currently ranks second in the NFC North. Now, the Lions welcome the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs to Ford Field. Yet, hope remains.

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Through the first three games of the regular season, the Detroit Lions have yet to lose. And the fact is we have yet to see them play at their best for a complete game. If the Lions decide to do so this Sunday against the Chiefs, there’s a chance they could be headed into their Week Five bye undefeated. Now wouldn’t that be something?