Through two games, the Lions have a lot of reasons for optimism.
They have battled both weeks and barely lost. More importantly, their first-round picks from Ndamukong Suh to Brandon Pettigrew to Jahvid Best all look like great building blocks for the future. (Now they just need Matthew Stafford to untie his shoes.)
The problem is one we’ve talked about since training camp. Detroit’s linebackers and secondary have been as dreadful as expected. Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham sent a message late last week when he benched linebacker Julian Peterson, one of the highest paid players on the team.
Kyle Vanden Bosch and Suh have made a difference up front, but the Lions still look like one of the five worst defenses in football. It’s a reminder that Detroit has to nail a lot more first-round picks until they’ve truly dug out from under the Matt Millen era.