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08:08 AM ET 10.03 | With a bye week, the Lions have a lot of time to wonder where the train jumped the tracks. Lions left guard Rob Sims said the team needs to return to its us-against-the-world mentality. Wide receiver Nate Burleson thinks the Lions needs to be angry again. With high expectations come increased pressure, and so far the 1-3 Lions have cracked under the added burden. "I think we were just out there trying to be perfect," Sims said. "We've just got to go do what we do, and that's 11 guys out there just being reckless. And when we do that, we're hard to beat." ... "We need to play with that violent passion that we had last year and the year before, so this is good for us," Burleson said. "It's early enough in the season where I could say that."

The Detroit News

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October 3, 2012  08:14 AM ET

Then the billing department in the Commissioner's office is going to be very busy.

October 3, 2012  08:16 AM ET

So, they're going back to gooning it up? Kickin' 'n' stompin', butt-slappin' football?

As Yogurt said in Spaceballs, "Use the Schwartz!"

October 3, 2012  08:38 AM ET

So they are all going to get arrested this week?

October 3, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Wouldn't it be more appropriate to show a pic of Suh stomping on a player than this guy?

October 3, 2012  08:48 AM ET

They need a new coach! Talent-wise, they have it in O, D and ST. This team can be as good as Atlanta or Houston.

October 3, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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They need a new coach! Talent-wise, they have it in O, D and ST. This team can be as good as Atlanta or Houston.

At the start of the season I would have agreed about the talent level, but there is definitely missing pieces. Their D-line is not dominating, their 0-line is letting Stafford get beat up, their secondary is giving up plays and their special teams got torched by the Vikings. That's a pretty big failure across a lot of fronts.

October 3, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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They need a new coach! Talent-wise, they have it in O, D and ST. This team can be as good as Atlanta or Houston.

Right now, I'm not sure they can be as good as Minnesota.

October 3, 2012  08:57 AM ET

I Play for the Forty Niners, that why we going to Win, or am I a Giant?

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October 3, 2012  09:19 AM ET
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Minnesota is to the NFC North what Detroit was last year.

13 weeks left to go. I'd like to see the Vikings improve, but I'm guessing they'll be back in last place to stay by December.

October 3, 2012  09:45 AM ET

The early season success the Lions had last year has gone to their heads. In two weeks they have allowed four special teams touchdowns. There is plenty of time for them to wake up and realize you have to show up and play each week because they cannot slip up on any one anymore.

October 3, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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Minnesota is to the NFC North what Detroit was last year.

You are right on Mr. Flea but a 8-8 record would be a great season for the Vikings coming off a 3-13 2011 season.

October 3, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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So, they're going back to gooning it up? Kickin' 'n' stompin', butt-slappin' football?As Yogurt said in Spaceballs, "Use the Schwartz!"

The problem is that the Schwartz isn't with them. New coach needed.

October 3, 2012  10:33 AM ET

"Lions suffering identity crisis"

Hmmm. The Lions don't know who they are? Should anybody be surprised?

October 3, 2012  10:34 AM ET

"Lions suffering identity crisis"

Tell them they are the Patriots!

October 3, 2012  10:40 AM ET

Luckily they have a bye week to have some group therapy sessions to solve this identity crisis.

October 3, 2012  10:53 AM ET

Identity crisis?? Just look at their mugshots, they should have their names and booking numbers on them. CRISIS SOLVED!!!

October 3, 2012  10:57 AM ET
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The problem is that the Schwartz isn't with them. New coach needed.

The problem is, who do you replace Jim Schwartz with as head coach?

 
October 3, 2012  11:00 AM ET
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I think the Lions lack the mental toughness!

They certainly didn't last year with all those come from behind victories especially those road wins against Minnesota, Dallas and Oakland and that come from behind victory against St. Lois this year. What the Lions lack is discipline and basic football fundamentals.

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