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Same old Lions? The NFL doesn't think so.

We warned you this day was coming.

The [intlink id=”126″ type=”category”]Detroit Lions[/intlink], long the bottom feeder of the NFL, are suddenly relevant.

No, it isn’t because they reeled off four victories to close the season. It isn’t because they have Pro Bowlers like Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh.

Of course, those things don’t hurt.

The Detroit Lions are relevant because they’ll play on Monday Night Football for the first time since 2001, when they host the [intlink id=”13″ type=”category”]Chicago Bears[/intlink] on Oct. 10. In fact, it’s the first time the Lions have had a prime time game of any kind since 2001.

Ten years of futility, ineptitude, terrible draft picks, horrible management and dismal seasons will be almost forgotten on that evening and coach Jim Schwartz will be fired up as hell.

“Obviously, we’re excited about it,” Lions president Tom Lewand said. “First and foremost, it’s a great testament to our team, to our players and what they’ve accomplished at the end of the season last year and the interest that they generated. It’s a testament to our fans in Detroit, the excitement and enthusiasm they showed for our team down the stretch last year, and for the hospitality they showed for the Giants and Vikings game that we hosted last year.”

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Let’s be honest, there is some excitement surrounding the Lions, at least in Detroit. The NFL did the right thing giving Detroit their moment in prime time early in the season, though.

These are the Lions, after all. They could very well be totally out of the playoff race by the time midseason rolls around. The worst they can be when they host the Bears is 0-4.

Their season starts like this: at Tampa Bay, Kansas City, at Minnesota, at Dallas. If the team comes out of that stretch at 2-2 or better, they’re doing pretty good.

If not, the Bears might just end their hopes for a winning season in front of the world.

Then we’ll all know the Detroit Lions are in fact, still irrelevant.

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Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. noah April 20, 2011

    It’s easy to rag on detroit but i am willing to bet they take 2nd place in the NFC North this year. Megatron and a healthy Stafford could shake it up this year, provided he stays healthy. They need to address the secondary badly, but coach schwartz will have those boys playin tough this year without a doubt.

  2. TyKo in Steamboat CO April 20, 2011

    I would like to see the Lions relevant like in ’93 and the viQueens go 0-16. That would be true justice. Or how about the ‘Queens move to L.A.

  3. Cody April 20, 2011

    The Lions aren’t going anywhere if Stafford doesn’t stay healthy…the china doll is truly going to make or break that franchise. Their secondary is still absolutely terrible, not to mention their LB core is below avg. Most lions fans are delutionally thinking Nnamdi is going to fall into their lap this offseason…which is never gonna happen! If they can somehow get Prince in the draft and shore up their other problems, sure the kitties could be a threat. I’m still not buying it though. I am however going to laugh my ass off when the bears fall flat on their face this year, ATL, NOLA, and GB to start the season? I personally see ’em at 0-3

    And not to completely shit on the lions parade, but MNF isn’t what it used to be…NBC is truly getting the better match-ups on SNF these days, MNF has seemed to take the backseat as far as prime-time games go. But good for them, glad their national fan base get to watch ’em at least once more other than the annual turkey day slaughter!

  4. Ty September 29, 2011

    Ha ha…I bet u guys are eating ur words now. The Lions are a MUCH better team than the (CHOKE) Bears. So far, they’re undefeated and haven’t played their best game yet!

  5. alionsfan October 1, 2011

    The lions will beat the packers twice this year.