Welcome back to another NFL season. Last year, the Lions shocked a lot of people by actually fielding a competitive team. Who knew it could be done? Some thought it might be illegal and contacted the league to make sure that the Lions wouldn't be docked draft picks for such a blatant contradiction to tradition.
The Lions boasted a 10-6 record and actually made the playoffs for the first time in over ten years. Again, national pundits said things like, "What? I didn't think they still played football there."
And after all that, this off season some national writers said things like "Super Bowl Contenders" and "legitimate." It was like we Lions fans were living on Mars. It just didn't seem real.
So the Lions showed us...and promptly built up seven different arrests for DUI, drug possession and other offenses, causing these same pundits to call the Lions "uncontrolled" and "undisciplined:" and that now they were just "pretenders."
So now, the season has started and the first preseason game has been played and the Lions lost.
Why? Because they were "undisciplined"? "Uncontrolled"?
Nope, it was because they were actually worrying more about evaluating players than they were about the final score. In fact, they were playing liked they were actually priming themselves up for the season...how weird is that?
Stafford didn't look all that sharp. He threw a pick and had a long pass to Calvin Johnson that was completed, but Johnson had to slow down to make the catch, allowing the defensive back to catch up and make the tackle on what should have been an easy score and not just a thirty yard gain.
The defense managed to put some nice pressure on the Browns' QB's, but Suh threw in a late hit that would have gotten him fifteen yards in the regular season with real referees.
Rookie corner back Bill Bently started and after a shaky first series looked really good.
And then, in the fourth quarter, the nobodies, who will be packing groceries and selling insurance next month, gave up a late field goal and the lead.
Did it mean anything? Nope. It meant just as much as the 4-0 preseason that the Lions had before going 0-16.