Postcard from camp: Lions
At Lions camp in Allen Park, Mich., site of their permanent training facility. A few hundred fans ring the south and southwest sides of the practice fields. They're enthusiastic at the right times, like when Matthew Stafford finds Calvin Johnson, but on this warm morning it's a pretty sedate crowd.
Cornerback Eric Wright, who came in free agency from Cleveland, was the Lions' big signing to help a weak group. He lost his starting job in Week 12 for the Browns last year and was a declining player in the eyes of Eric Mangini. No wonder -- according to the aforementioned ProFootballFocus.com, quarterbacks had a 121.5 rating when throwing at Wright. I'll just say this about the Lions corners, who will probably be Nathan Vasher, Chris Houston and Wright at the top: They inspire no confidence in me.
If Detroit can survive the first four with a 2-2 mark (at Tampa, Kansas City, at Minnesota, at Dallas), they go on a three-game homestand (Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta) and then have winnable games against Denver and Carolina among the next three games. The Lions have the Packers twice in the last six weeks, including a New Year's Day game at the tundra. What's good about that is the Pack could have nothing to play for then if they've got a playoff spot clinched, and the Lions could have everything to play for.