Ndamukong Suh: We’re still in the race


There aren’t many people talking up the Lions as a playoff team, but they aren’t technically out of the running at 4-6 heading into Week 12.

As Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press points out, the Lions made it to the playoffs in 1997 after starting the year with the same record through 10 games and there are other such stories scattered around the history of the league. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is also selling the notion that the Lions have time left to mount a run for a second straight playoff berth.

“We’re still in the race. We made it a lot tougher than we did last year. It’s a tough position to be in, but it’s a hole that we dug ourselves in, and it’s something that we need to take care of if we want to get to the next level,” Suh said. “This is a great way to get out of the hole and make some noise. People always say if you want to win a championship, this is the time to get hot.”

That worked for the Giants last season, but the only real shared trait of champions is that they were hot in the playoffs. Suh and the rest of the Lions have a lot of work to do to get to that point in the proceedings.

There are easier ways to start the process than facing the 9-1 Texans, but that’s what the schedule has in store for the Lions on Thursday. A win would make it much easier to believe Detroit could make some of the noise Suh mentioned in the final weeks of the season.

14 responses to “Ndamukong Suh: We’re still in the race

  1. GOOD!! I hope they wake the heck up and all have good games at the same time, Fairley plays well, the rest the line is quet, Megatron plays awesome, Titus goes rogue….it’s never at the same time that we play well, hopefull there’s a sleeping giant about to be woke up.

  2. By no stretch of the imagination are the lions going to the playoffs. They lost to all three teams in their division already, and have the worst coach in football. Sometimes math does not matter, like for instance in detroits case here. Check suh for a concussion, that would explain a lot.

  3. To the Suh8ters: all he was saying was that they have a chance and need to dig themselves out of a hole. What was he supposed to say? “We’re out of it so we’re just going to mail it in”?

    And one more thing: fire Linehan. That offense is stale.

  4. Gotta give the guy credit for not giving up. The playoffs aren’t going to happen, but it doesn’t hurt to dream.

  5. 1997 is irrelevant, because they only made it as a 9-7 team which is not practical this year with the NFC dominating the AFC. There just aren’t any paths with any realistic chance to make it, except to go 6-0. Being technically still in it with 6 weeks to go isn’t good enough, because we should be working towards locking down a first round bye, not still being alive to have an infintesimally small chance. That’s not what excites me as a fan.

  6. As disappointing as it is, the Lions are not in the playoff hunt. That being said, I’d be upset with Suh if he didn’t feel like he had something to play for. It might be crazy talk, but its still motivation.

  7. The Lions will have to win the rest of there games to go to the playoffs, and odds are they won’t be able too. Last year they were a lot healthier and Linehan was surprising defenses in the pass game. This year he is trying to establish the pass with the run game. Last yeas he established the run with the pass game. In order to do what they did last year they have to CATCH PASSES, and the QB has to get the ball THERE.

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