Rich Gabrielson/Icon SMI - History repeated itself again...lets hope it doesnt continue.
I've told this story before and I'm going to tell it again, because it's true and it's scary and it is, after all, Halloween.
It was late fall and the 5-2 Lions were playing the Denver Broncos. The Lions crushed the Broncos, scoring more than 40 points and getting two defensive touchdowns in the rout.
Was this yesterday? Yes...but it was also November 4th 2007. That day defensive end Dwayne White recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. That day, Shaun Rogers picked off a pass and rumbled 66 yards for another defensive score.
Yesterday, again, the Lions rolled on to a 6-2 record. Yesterday, defensive end Cliff Avril recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Yesterday, defensive back Chris Houston intercepted a pass and returned it a 103 yards for a second defensive score.
The score then, 44-7. This was the pinnacle point of the Millen/Marinelli era. The score yesterday, 45-10. What did the Lions do then? Won only one more game that season and followed it up with 0-16...what will these Lions do this time?
I've brought this game up a lot, mostly because it scares the crap out of me as a Lions fan. I am very superstitious when it comes to the Lions. There are a lot of things I like about the way the Mayhew/Schartz regime has rebuilt this franchise. Granted, I being a fan and not a GM would have probably done things a lot differently. I love that the Dline is the heart of the team.
In 2007, the Dline was also, supposedly, the heart of the team too. In 2007, the Lions built a 6-2 record on lesser opponents and a lot of turnovers...This week the Lions are currently first in turnover differential...
In the NFL, you cannot rely on turnovers.
I don't mean to be a downer, but I am seeing an awful lot of parallels in this scenario. The hardest part of the schedule is coming up after the bye week. There are still two games with the undefeated Packers and another at Chicago.
Now, do I think that Jon Kitna was better than Stafford is now? No. Would I take Roy Williams over Calvin Johnson? Not on your life. And I'd take Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams and Nick Fairley over anybody on that 2007 defense, including Shaun Rogers...But I might take a young healthy Kevin Jones over a sidelined Jahvid Best...
So do I think that history is going to repeat itself? No...not really...but I am jittery about it and now I have two weeks to fret about it as the Lions go into their bye week...