Ndamukong Suh: Detroit Lions are still in the race
Because of their success last year, this year’s Detroit Lions team was expected to compete for a playoff spot. Instead, after ten weeks, the team is 4-6 and staring down an uphill climb if they want to return to the playoffs. After a career year in 2012, quarterback Matthew Stafford has struggled throughout 2012. The Lions’ defense is also struggling more this year than last season.
Despite the record and continued struggles, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh believes the team is still in the race for the playoffs.
“We’re still in the race,” Suh said Tuesday, via the Detroit Free Press. “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.
“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.”
While technically the Lions have not been eliminated from the playoffs, they play in one of the toughest divisions in football. The NFC also currently features five teams that have a better record than the Lions.
The Lions will have to win out if they expect to have any shot at the playoffs.
While I always love confidence, I think Suh is wrong and the Lions are headed in the wrong direction.