In the locker room after Sunday's 23-16 victory over Tampa Bay, as reporters were interviewing players, wide receiver Mike Furrey shouted over everyone.
"The Lions are 4-2, media! Kiss my ..."
Um, we don't need to print the last word. You know what it is, and Furrey will look like one if the Lions do what they did the last time they started 4-2, in 2004. That year, they finished 6-10.
That year started a lot like this one. The Lions went 2-0, then got creamed by Philadelphia. They went 3-1, then got creamed in their fifth game. They went 4-2, then fell apart.
Will history keep repeating itself? The Lions have been blown out in their last two road games, and they're headed to Chicago's Soldier Field, where they have been blown out the last two years.
No wonder there is still a lot of room on the bandwagon in Detroit. The Lions have had trouble selling out their last two home games, needing the NFL to give them 24-hour extensions to avoid local TV blackouts. And even though they're 3-0 at home, they still have tickets available for three of their final five games at Ford Field.
Quarterback Jon Kitna was a little calmer about the Lions' 4-2 record than Furrey was.
"It means we've had a good start," Kitna said. "You all might not have expected it, but we expected to win. And that was the belief that we had even as the season wore on last year, that we had the right pieces to win, it was just a matter of us putting it together. Right now we're playing well at home. We need to play better on the road."
Two years ago, the Lions lost at Soldier Field, 38-6. Last year, they lost there, 34-7.
This year, the Lions have already beaten the Bears, 37-27. But the Bears were missing six defensive starters -- including their entire starting secondary -- and had just benched Rex Grossman and replaced him with Brian Griese. Oh, and the Lions scored an NFL-record 34 fourth-quarter points.
If the Lions want people to believe, they need to beat the Bears on the Bears' home turf, put back-to-back wins together within a season for only the fourth time since Matt Millen became team president in 2001, and show they have the ability to build on all of this.
The Lions showed some promising signs against Tampa Bay. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz was more balanced than he had been, and the Lions ran the ball much more effectively.
But the Lions defense still gave up a lot of yards. The Buccaneers squandered opportunities to score with a missed field goal and two fumbles, one a bad center-quarterback exchange at the Detroit 1.
"We know about the past and not being able to win," running back Kevin Jones said. "Even when we are winning, people are still down on us and don't believe in us. It doesn't matter. We've just got to believe in ourselves. Not really think too much about it. Just go out and play and win."