(ALLEN PARK) Now comes the big test: Can the Lions possibly start the season with three consecutive wins?
They're off to the best start in four years with back-to-back wins against Chicago and Houston, an impressive run for a team that was 10-38 in its first three years under team president Matt Millen.
But can they go 3-0? If they do, it will be the first time a Lions team has opened the season with three consecutive wins since Billy Sims' rookie season in 1980, when they rushed out to 4-0 before finishing with a 9-7 record.
And it's not only the numbers that become more difficult in game three, it's the degree of difficulty.
The Lions will be at home Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, who will be coming off an emotional Monday night game against the Minnesota Vikings with a short week of preparation.
Two wins in a 16-game season doesn't have the Lions beating their chests but two wins - for a team that hasn't won more than five in a season since going 9-7 in 2000 - is encouraging.
Quarterback Joey Harrington has completed 62.7 percent of his passes in the first two games, has thrown four touchdowns against two interceptions, and has a passer rating of 93.8.
Most encouraging to coach Steve Mariucci, however, is the fact his rookies - wide receiver Roy Williams, running back Kevin Jones, linebacker Teddy Lehman, cornerback Keith Smith and linebacker Alex Lewis - are all stepping up and making early-season contributions.
If the Lions can get cornerback Dre' Bly back in another week or two from his sprained left knee and if outside linebacker Boss Bailey gets back from his knee surgery sometime in mid or late October, the Lions defense should make improvements also.
Two Wins Not Stellar, But Encouraging
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