They're not alone now because people outside their locker room are believing in them, too.
Kitna threw two touchdown passes and the Detroit Lions scored twice on defense, leading to a 44-7 rout over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The Lions (6-2) have established themselves as a legitimate contender in the NFC and perhaps the surprise team in the entire league at the midway point of their season. They are one game behind Green Bay (7-1) in the NFC North.
"This is real," defensive tackle Cory Redding said. "This is a different team. It's not the same-old Lions anymore."
In the Super Bowl era, 76 percent of the 146 teams that started 6-2 made the playoffs. The Lions haven't won six of their first eight games since 1999, the last season they made the playoffs.
The Lions started slowly, scoring only once in the first quarter on Jason Hanson's first of three field goals. They led 16-0 at halftime.
"Then, every phase just took over," Hanson said.
Adding to the laugher, Shaun Rogers intercepted a screen pass and the 340-pound defensive tackle rumbled 66 yards, scoring after stiff-arming Selvin Young to make it 37-0 in the fourth quarter. Rogers also had 2 1/2 sacks, broke up a pass and was credited with four QB hits.
"He's making big-time plays for a down guy," Marinelli said.
Detroit is the only team in the NFC undefeated at home, starting 4-0 for the first time since moving back downtown in 2002.
"The 12th man was awesome," linebacker Boss Bailey said.
Kitna was 16-of-31 for 252 yards, two scores and no turnovers. Kevin Jones ran for 71 yards and four receivers caught at least three passes.
Ramsey completed 29 of 46 passes for 262 yards with a TD pass to Brandon Stokley, an interception and a fumble. Brandon Marshall caught nine passes for 96 yards, but dropped three passes on one drive alone.
Detroit, which had won two games by 18 points under Millen, enjoyed its biggest win since beating Jacksonville 44-0 in 1995. ... Denver was handed its worst loss since losing 42-0 to New Orleans in 1988. ... White (left arm) was injured on his score. ... Broncos FS John Lynch was inactive with a pinched nerve in his neck. ... Denver CB Champ Bailey played against his brother, Boss, for the first time. ... Hanson became the 11th player in NFL history to score 1,600 points, moving past ex-Lion Eddie Murray on the career scoring list.