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Good sign in Detroit: Some worry Lions will take Chiefs lightly

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For the past decade, the idea that the Detroit Lions could be overconfident heading into any game, against any opponent, would have been laughable. No matter how bad the team they were playing, everyone — including the Lions themselves — always knew there was a good chance the Lions would lose.

So it’s a good sign of things turning around in Detroit that some folks are worried that the Lions are going to take the Kansas City Chiefs lightly on Sunday.

The Lions looked good in their Week One victory over the Buccaneers, and the Chiefs looked terrible in their loss to the Bills, and the Lions are nine-point favorites with the Chiefs heading to Ford Field on Sunday. There were times in the last 10 years that the Lions might not have been nine-point favorites to beat a college team, so that alone is progress.

Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News writes that there have been questions in Detroit about whether the team is overconfident as a heavy favorite, and that the Lions insist they won’t overlook the Chiefs.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said he expects the Chiefs to “come in hungry,” and that the Lions have to be ready for that.

“I don’t think you need to tell somebody not to take a team lightly,” Suh said. “Anybody can win in this league.”

For the first time in a long time, the old “we won’t take them lightly because anybody can win in this league” cliche is being trotted out by the Lions, and not about the Lions.

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32 Responses to “Good sign in Detroit: Some worry Lions will take Chiefs lightly”
  1. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 15, 2011 10:45 AM

    Well, it’s about time. I can’t look at the schedule and see “Detroit Lions” and immediately think “Easy win” anymore.

    Then again, it’s only Week 2.

  2. phil325 says: Sep 15, 2011 10:52 AM

    In Suh we trust… Coach JS won’t let it happen because this time around someone will pay with their jobs. It isn”t Millen time anymore.

  3. joetoronto says: Sep 15, 2011 10:53 AM

    Pound those friggin Chiefs into oblivion, please. :)

  4. readysethike says: Sep 15, 2011 10:55 AM

    The Chiefs are a solid team, and they had a horrible game, to make up for their embarrasment against the Bills they will come out hungry. Itll be interesting to see what Jamaal Charles can do against Detroits fiersome 4

  5. riverhorsey says: Sep 15, 2011 10:55 AM

    you PFT guys aren’t working very hard, you need to get your facts straight.

  6. jutts says: Sep 15, 2011 10:59 AM

    The “Toughest Devision in Football” NFC North. The Lions are even sold out. That’s a good sign.

  7. sws222 says: Sep 15, 2011 11:01 AM

    Seven paragraphs…..4 sarcastic Lions slams…..you’re softening up, Smith.

  8. jaggedmark says: Sep 15, 2011 11:03 AM

    The Lions could wear blindfolds and beat the Chiefs.

    Detroit may not be overconfident, but I am.

  9. jutts says: Sep 15, 2011 11:04 AM

    I meant Division..

  10. pigskinswag says: Sep 15, 2011 11:08 AM

    On any given Sunday you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. The point is – can you win or lose like a man?

  11. Exiled1 says: Sep 15, 2011 11:11 AM

    Good. I’ve lived in the Detroit Lions TV market my whole life. It’s nice to finally get to see some quality football week to week.

    Now if the Browns could change their ways I’d be all set.

  12. woodyg says: Sep 15, 2011 11:12 AM

    It may not be this week against the Chiefs, but a return to the ‘old ways’ will eventually become the norm once again for the Lions …… The Lions just don’t have enough playmakers to carry them through a 16 game season …… 8-8 is about the best one can hope for in 2011 ……

  13. pistol0928 says: Sep 15, 2011 11:36 AM

    Detroit is the hommmmmeeee offf theeeeeee CHIIIEEFFFFSSS!!! RED AND YELLOW!

  14. stevincinci says: Sep 15, 2011 11:38 AM

    I’m starting Stafford in my fantasy league this week. That should say a lot right there.

  15. glac1 says: Sep 15, 2011 11:39 AM

    yep….one game winning streaks will do that… I hope the overpaid jocks realize it’s their JOBS to be ready to go every Sunday… Nothing less should be tolerated by any organization.

  16. aberystwyth2 says: Sep 15, 2011 11:43 AM

    i’m afraid Suh is going to eat my QB up this week! 0-2 for my Chiefs, Haley’s seat is getting warmer!

  17. mjkelly77 says: Sep 15, 2011 11:45 AM

    Considering that the Lions were 0-16 before Schwartz and Mayhew took over, I’d take 8-8 this year. If the Lions don’t make the playoffs this year, they surely will next year.

  18. anonimocontraditorio says: Sep 15, 2011 11:53 AM

    3 seasons after 0-16 they really look like a team. This is something…

    If the front office can keep this way, they could be a GREAT team for the next years…

  19. packfaninchitown says: Sep 15, 2011 12:11 PM

    Until you have a winning season you can’t afford to be overconfident…period.

  20. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 15, 2011 12:13 PM

    pistol0928 says:Sep 15, 2011 11:36 AM

    Detroit is the hommmmmeeee offf theeeeeee CHIIIEEFFFFSSS!!! RED AND YELLOW!

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    And someone’s brain is the home of stupidity…

  21. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 15, 2011 12:15 PM

    Good for the Lions.

    That defensive line is going to eat babies.

  22. wingz101 says: Sep 15, 2011 12:19 PM

    The Lions could have scored at least two other TD’s in that Tampa game. Stafford was a bit ‘off’ early on and he missed Pettigrew and Johnson in the endzone. He also misfired to Heller on the Talib pick six. This really doesn’t bode well for KC and their Berry-less defense.

    On defense, the D-Line has to be thinking that Cassels will be a much easier target than the very mobile Freeman.

    They may not take KC lightly, but they know they match up well. let’s hope they stay as intense as they were in Tampa.

  23. jbholcom says: Sep 15, 2011 12:51 PM

    This whole article is amazing. Detroit hasn’t done anything, yet their big favorites against a playoff team. The Chiefs had a terrible game yes, but are no push overs. Keep up the (over) confidence Lions fans, it’s great to see.

  24. dawgsafety13 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:17 PM

    jbholcom says: Sep 15, 2011 12:51 PM
    This whole article is amazing. Detroit hasn’t done anything, yet their big favorites against a playoff team. The Chiefs had a terrible game yes, but are no push overs. Keep up the (over) confidence Lions fans, it’s great to see.

    *******************************************

    Because the level of confidence held by a teams fansbase afftects the quality of play on the field. GREAT point. The L

    @woodyg:

    Lion Playmakers:
    Stafford, Calvin, Burleson, Best, Scheffler, Pettigrew, Suh, Corey Williams, KVB, Avril, Tulloch, Levy, Delmas, Titus Young. See you Sunday ; )

  25. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Sep 15, 2011 1:29 PM

    mjkelly77 says:Sep 15, 2011 11:45 AM

    Considering that the Lions were 0-16 before Schwartz and Mayhew took over, I’d take 8-8 this year. If the Lions don’t make the playoffs this year, they surely will next year.
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    I wouldn’t be counting chickens yet…

    Until Stafford can get thru a season without a few weeks on the sidelines, and until Detroit truly has a solid ground game sans any concussion rumors, I’d be holding my breath.

    Good to see the Lions making strides, but until you crawl out of the NFCN basement…easy tiger.

    The Packers/Lions and Bears/Lions games may be some of the best “must see TV” anyone could hope for all year.

  26. suhisabeast90 says: Sep 15, 2011 1:52 PM

    “Good. I’ve lived in the Detroit Lions TV market my whole life. It’s nice to finally get to see some quality football week to week.

    Now if the Browns could change their ways I’d be all set.”

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    Yeah and like we didn”t have to suffer with all the crap Ohio teams being played in are area! Those Bengels vs. Browns games are so entertaining! How can that state have 2 teams and 20+ states not have any? Nebraska College football is huge, it is also in the other states in that region. Must not be big enough money maker for the League.

  27. m2karateman says: Sep 15, 2011 2:08 PM

    woodyg says:
    Sep 15, 2011 11:12 AM
    It may not be this week against the Chiefs, but a return to the ‘old ways’ will eventually become the norm once again for the Lions …… The Lions just don’t have enough playmakers to carry them through a 16 game season …… 8-8 is about the best one can hope for in 2011 ……
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    Exactly how many “playmakers” does a team need to succeed in the NFL? Calvin Johnson? Nate Burleson? Tony Scheffler? Brandon Pettigrew?Jahvid Best? Matt Stafford? Ndamukong Suh? Corey Williams? Cliff Avril? Lawrence Jackson? Kyle Vandenbosch? Stephen Tulloch? DeAndre Levy? Louis Delmas? Chris Houston? Amari Spievey?

    All are playmakers, all are on the Lions, and all will be playing on Sunday. Detroit has playmakers. Detroit has a couple superstars. 8-8 would be something of a disappointment. But if that happens, it won’t be because of them returning to the ‘old ways’, it will only happen because of injuries.

    These ain’t your daddie’s Lions anymore son.

  28. sportsdrenched.com says: Sep 15, 2011 2:53 PM

    *This whole article is amazing. Detroit hasn’t done anything, yet their big favorites against a playoff team. The Chiefs had a terrible game yes, but are no push overs. Keep up the (over) confidence Lions fans, it’s great to see.*
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    Ummm, Not even the KC Sports Stations think the Chiefs will win this weekend. (at least what I’ve listened to) Each year is it’s own year in the NFL. The Lions are looking good.
    The Chiefs look like an injury plagued team that has problems in the front office translating to problems and confusion on the field. Or like Randy Quade in Days of Thunder: “A monkey fornicating with a football”

  29. schmitty2 says: Sep 15, 2011 3:19 PM

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I never thought I would read a headline in my lifetime talking about the Lions “taking someone lightly”

  30. shep1957 says: Sep 15, 2011 4:35 PM

    Game has been sold-out since early Wed.

  31. jimmylions says: Sep 15, 2011 7:19 PM

    It’s the home opener, and the Lions still have plenty to prove to the fans. I’m not in the least bit worried about them being fired up.

    I am still a bit concerned about the defensive backfield. You can expect KC to throw the ball deep, frequently.

  32. juanhughjazz says: Sep 16, 2011 8:40 AM

    I’ll be at the game. I hope they run it up. F the Chiefs for stealing a draft pick from us.

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