Lions still talking playoffs at 1-5

We’re not sure what’s more surprising: The Lions are still talking about making the playoffs at 1-5 or that we don’t think it’s that crazy a notion.

Okay, it’s pretty unlikely.  No teams have ever rebounded from that start to make the playoffs.  But in a mushy NFC North where the Bears are collapsing and the Packers have to win in New York against the Jets to avoid their fourth loss, the Lions can at least focus on the positive.

“There seems to be more parity this year than I can remember,” defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said via the Detroit Free Press. “At 1-5, I don’t think anybody around here feels like we’ve been eliminated.”

There are a few reasons the Lions can legitimately feel optimistic about the next ten games.  Their offense has greatly improved; they’ve actually outscored opponents overall this year because of all their close games. (Thanks Rams!)

The team is also getting much healthier.  Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford returns this week against Washington, Jahvid Best seems close to being past his turf toe, and Calvin Johnson’s shoulder problem has improved.  Middle linebacker DeAndre Levy (knee) also seems to be ready to go. 

“The encouraging thing is we’re getting our players back,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.

Of course, all of this optimism would disappear with a loss to the Redskins Sunday.  There are legitimate reasons to think the Lions are “better” than their 1-5 record, but it’s time for this young team to actually prove it.

50 responses to “Lions still talking playoffs at 1-5

  1. The Lions will make a statement this week by easily beating the Redskins. The Lions were missing their franchise QB and their MLB all year. I think a lot of teams would have been much less competitive than them without their QB and MLB.

  2. “No teams have ever rebounded from that start to make the playoffs.”
    Actually, ESPN ran a story on the Cowboys this morning, and pointed out that the 1970 Bengals started 1-6 and made the playoffs at 8-6 that year.
    But hey, I guess it’s just easier to state things incorrectly.

  3. Is it me, or is this Lions team stacked with a bunch of great players? Why are they still at 1-5?
    Maybe the owner needs to rid of a few higher ups?

  4. Yeah….and I’m still talking honeymoon phase after 15 years of marriage.
    This is the same town that celebrates it’s team’s victories by torching the town. Every policeman and fireman in the Detroit metro-area has their fingers crossed that these guys NEVER make the playoffs, God forbid, the SB.
    This said. I do like the Lions this week. If you have Pettigrew on your fantasy team….start him.

  5. the only way to be better than 1-5 is to move on to 2-5… detroit need to walk the walk first, and it’s been a loooong time since they did. Beating the Rams this year isn’t much to brag about, and that’s their only win.

  6. ” No teams have ever rebounded from that start to make the playoffs.”
    The 1970 Bengals were 1-5 and then 1-6 the following week. They made the playoffs.

  7. Well said Visible.
    Just for the record, the Lions weren’t talking about playoffs. This is a terribly misleading article. It’s in the Detroit Free Press. They’re talking about having to take it one game at a time, how happy they are to finally be healthy when everybody else is getting hurt, and how they have 6 of their last 10 at home. They’re basically saying that they believe they can win some games and, hopefully, make a run in a really weird NFC this year.
    If Stafford can now stay healthy, and start getting some reps in, this team could do some damage towards the end of the year. Realistically, with how hard their schedule is the playoffs are probably not in the cards. At least they’re not saying they’re the best team in the NFL like the Bucs are….LOL

  8. With the Bears heading south, the Vikings internal issues, and the Packers inconsistencies and injuries, dare I say the best team in the division is the Lions?

  9. honestly they could, that division is garbage this year. Green bay was who i had at first, but those injurys to that team are gonna catch up to them, Minn, is just overrated idk y people think there so good i mean they got the best back in the NFl and they pass like every down…..and the bears, y not just trade for D.Hall? he is clearly who Cutler trusts the most to throw to. Detroit is still in the running with an easier rest of the season, i wouldnt be shocked, and i dont think a ton of people….Who actualy watch football. Not just sit here and look at scores would say they’ve shouda won a couple games they lost. But i dont think they’ll make it,but it wouldnt shock me i they did.

  10. IF the refs didn’t steal the Chicago game, we’d be 2-4. And we easily could have won against Green Bay and Chicago. So we weren’t that far out from a 4-2 start and we’ve got the hardest part of our schedule done (Minny, Chicago, and Green Bay at home still). It isn’t impossible though likely improbably. I think 2011 is the year we’ll really be pushing for a playoff spot.

  11. Yea look what happened to the Cowgirls when they lost their qb. You would think ESPN only reports on Vikings or Cowboys, because they both have qb issues. Lions have had qb issues since the 2nd half of 1st game. I think the sports reporters said something that day, that’s about it. I would love to see a run here!!!

  12. Visible says: October 27, 2010 11:04 AM
    The Lions will make a statement this week by easily beating the Redskins.
    Have all the years losing really made you this delusional!?! You may have won last year against a crappy Jim Zorn team but this isn’t a Jim Zorn team anymore. It should be a close game but I definitely say you will NOT beat them easily. The skins have been in every game this year with all the top offensive teams in the league.

  13. What are we talking about? Playoffs? We’re talking about playoffs, man. We’re talking about playoffs. We’re talking about playoffs. We aint talking about the game. We’re talking about playoffs, man. When you come to the field, and you see us play, you see us play don’t you? You’ve seen us give everything we’ve got, right? But we’re talking about playoffs right now. We talking about pr…….(interrupted)……….

  14. “Is it me, or is this Lions team stacked with a bunch of great players? Why are they still at 1-5?”
    What drives me nuts is when people act surprised when chronically terrible teams have good players. After a decade of getting top 10 picks almost every year you shouldn’t act surprised that there are some good players on that team, even if millen was in charge for a lot of it.

  15. Or they are talking about the championship between them, Buffalo, Dallas and SF for the first pick in the draft.

  16. Last time I looked they were half a game up on the division winning 49ers, so I don’t think it’s unrealistic at all.

  17. don’t know about playoffs, but i’m starting their D in fantasy against the turnover foreskins.

  18. @FavresWaffleOutlet
    WHEN HAS THAT HAPPENED YOU ASSHAT?
    1968? Its been 42 years, let it go. Detroit sports have won plenty of championships since then without incident.
    My god. I love these people that have never been to Detroit, heard a report when they were in high school, and spend the rest of their lives thinking they know something about Detroit.
    Thanks for showcasing your ignorance pal. You have a lot of class

  19. this just heard the other day when Schwarz and Singletary got together ” Hey Mike, pass that pipe,save me some and quit bogarting it all!”

  20. “Is it me, or is this Lions team stacked with a bunch of great players? Why are they still at 1-5?”
    We have a few really good players at some key positions but there are some HUGE holes too like in with the secondary and linebackers. People don’t realize how bad the talent on this team was under Millen. A large number of the starters on those teams wouldn’t start on any other team.

  21. all said and done, they really are a 2-4 team (cause they beat the Bears week 1. (and yes, I’m a Bears fan).

  22. I said it weeks ago, I do believe the Lions are the most talented (best) team in that division. That said they will lose to my Skins this week.
    If McNabb can put together a whole game.
    Which he can’t.
    Cr@p.

  23. The Lions finally have some players worth having and they still can’t win. Maybe it is those lousy “Honolulu” blue jerseys, which should have been retired alongside Night Train Lane. They must have been designed by the sadist who created the Houston Astros’ “27 shades of orange” uniforms.

  24. This is a pretty good team, they’re underachieving right now, but I don’t think they’ll climb back into the playoff hunt. They play the Jets next week. Detroit is up and coming, but I don’t think they’re here yet. Next year they could really make some noise.

  25. Visible :
    Did you really just say they will easily beat us?
    Well I’m sorry as much as my team let their guards down with
    The easier teams, like the Rams, but honestly the Rams aren’t to bad now. And with Matt Stafford coming off and shoulder injury, you really think they can easily beat us.
    It will be close, or WE will win easily. Detroit might have young talent, and a brighter future than us, but we want to win now, and heading into out bye with, a 5-3 record, and as for the playoffs, if Dallas, Minny, and SF still talking playoffs i don’t see anything wrong with Detroit thinking that way.

  26. The Lions are the best 1-5 team. They have been close in all their games except 1. They were robbed of the Chicago game.. They can put up the points and get to the QB, they just have the misfortune of being hated by all the refs.

  27. When you are the 1st pick in the draft, you’re unreplaceable. You’re the best player on the team and the team is so much better when you are under center. Don’t ever forget it. Not everyone can be a “franchise” QB. — JaMarcus Russell

  28. Visible says: October 27, 2010 11:04 AM
    The Lions will make a statement this week by easily beating the Redskins.
    Now that’s just funny. I do respect your homer point of view but may I suggest displaying some football since if you want people take you serious.

  29. Why so many post talking smack. Go to ESPN.
    Of course the Lions have a chance. The NFC is down and it’s wide open.
    The Redskins game will be close. They play down or up to their competition. Both teams are developing.
    It’ll be fun to watch!

  30. As a Raiders fan (and one who is still enduring the impact of wasted high draft picks), I have to love the Lions. THey are being put together the right way at last.
    I think they will bet the over-rated Redskins this week and in the NFC North, I would not count them out.

  31. Even with a down North, it’s still gonna probably take 9-7 to win it. Unless the Lions can pull off a massive upset against NYJ or NE, that means almost as big upsets against Mia and Was, wins in all of their remaining divisional matchups, and taking out Dallas, TB, and, of course, Buffalo. There is no team in the NFC capable of that kind of streak, let alone Detroit.

  32. # ejtowne says: October 27, 2010 11:09 AM
    Is it me, or is this Lions team stacked with a bunch of great players? Why are they still at 1-5?
    Maybe the owner needs to rid of a few higher ups?
    —————–
    No, the higher ups are what just changed recently to get the talent. The problem lately for the Lions has been injuries. You might be in trouble when you are using your 2nd string QB, your #2 WR misses multiple games, last years #1 RB misses multiple games, a 5th stringer starts at MLB, all except for 2 players started less than 3 games for the Lions at their current position on defense last year, and the depth players suck.
    The Lions will continue to improve throughout the year whether it is from players recovering from injuries or the players getting to know their roles and who they are playing with better. A decent number of players had little to no time to practice with the team in the offseason.

  33. “This is the same town that celebrates it’s team’s victories by torching the town. Every policeman and fireman in the Detroit metro-area has their fingers crossed that these guys NEVER make the playoffs, God forbid, the SB. ”
    Get over it already, the last time it happen when the tigers won the WS in ’84. The Red Wings and the Pistons have won multiple championships since without the problems stated above. The Tigers also won the ALCS since ’84 and their where no problems than either.
    Detroit is the best sports town PERIOD!

  34. I don’t know what you’re talking about Rosenthal. The Lions absolutely frighten me.
    I will be ecstatic if the Redskins are 5-3 going into the bye week, but the Lions have beat them almost two years in a row. Santana bailed the Skins out in 2008.

  35. The Lions, actually, can say they’re better than a 1-5 team because, let’s not forget, this team is really 2-4. They have the talent to be successful, but mental mistakes and injuries at key positions are holding them back. The Bucs and Chiefs may be the surprises early on, but the Lions have a chance to finish the season as the best of the three teams.

  36. Hey Gregg please do your research. All of the “internets” are available for your use. The Bengals started 1-6 and still made the playoffs. This was in the 80’s I think.

  37. The Lions are not the “most talented” team in the division. They are not the 2nd most talented team in that division. Third, maybe. Why not just say “they have a pretty face.” They ARE a team with a pro bowl WR, a potentially franchise-level QB and a bunch of players with lots of upside talent. They are far from the most talented team in the division.

  38. Originally posted by some history revisionist named 3 yards and a cloud (of chronic smoke):
    “WHEN HAS THAT HAPPENED YOU ASSHAT?
    “1968? Its been 42 years, let it go. Detroit sports have won plenty of championships since then without incident.
    “My god. I love these people that have never been to Detroit, heard a report when they were in high school, and spend the rest of their lives thinking they know something about Detroit.
    “Thanks for showcasing your ignorance pal. You have a lot of class”
    Sooooooo, there were no riots when the Red Wings won in 1990? There were no riots when the Tigers when the Tigers won the World Series in 1984? 1968 my ASS.

  39. @ T
    There were no riots in 1990, the Wings didn’t win anything that year.
    My bad, there were riots in ’84 when the Tigers won the series.
    However, the Wings won in ’97, ’98, ’02, ’08 without incident,
    The Pistons won in ’04. Nothing
    The Tigers went to the series in ’06 – Nothing
    Another typical outsider that knows nothing about the City of Detroit but is quick to pipe up and bash the town they know nothing about.

  40. Lot of Redskins fans seem to think their team is actually really good.
    Your record and the Bears records don’t show how poor your teams really are. Neither team should be with a winning record at this point. The NFC is just so bad this season.

  41. stafford hasn’t played in a live game in a very long time. but i still give them a chance to win because as you’ve seen this season the redskins can have a lapse as they did against the rams. and McNabb does have bad games from time to time the lions need to keep constant pressure on em.

  42. 3 yards and blowing smoke: “My bad, there were riots in ’84 when the Tigers won the series. Another typical outsider that knows nothing about the City of Detroit but is quick to pipe up and bash the town they know nothing about. ”
    Don’t be so hard on yourself, man. Only a few police cars were turned over and torched in those riots. If I lived there, I’d probably look at it as just another weekend night on the 8 Mile, too.

  43. no dont think so if you live here and didnt grow up here you would not last a week living off of 8 mile punk.Take it from some of us that do live off of 8 mile if you dont know hard core then you cant handle hard core just like malice in the palice bitch

  44. The detroit fans would burn down major cities in Wisconsin too except there aren’t any. If Detroit is a dump…then the entire state of WI is the landfill under the dump. Hey T and Wffle come to the D and start talking smack. You’ll get first hand knowledge of how we do.

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