What we've learned about Lions after first half

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Now that the first half of the season is officially in the books, here are a few things we've learned about the Lions (5-3) as they get ready to play Chicago (5-3) on Sunday, Nov. 10 at Soldier Field.

Matthew Stafford is built to win: Stafford, who will make his 41st consecutive start on Sunday, has been instrumental in helping Detroit improve to 5-3 on the season. His 1-yard lunge over the Dallas Cowboys -- a team he rooted for growing up as a kid in Texas -- is one example of why he's a team leader.

DeAndre Levy factor: Levy's four interceptions -- and counting -- this season have helped him become one of the premier linebackers in the NFL. So far Levy is having the most productive season of his career.

Calvin Johnson reminds us that he's Megatron for a reason: When Johnson recorded 329 yards on 14 catches and a touchdown against Dallas (eight yards shy of breaking the NFL's single-game record) -- not to mention the triple coverage touchdown grab the week before against the Bengals -- what more can you say?

Yes, Megatron is making his case for the MVP watch.

Ndamukong Suh and the defense find ways to get it done: Let's be honest -- Suh can't catch a break by the NFL. His $31,500 fine by the league for his hit on Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden illustrates my point. Suh and the defense still find ways to disrupt opposing quarterbacks.

They're also one of the most productive defenses in the NFL on third down.

Reggie Bush is still solid: Aside from a few dropped passes, Bush still has value that any NFL team would want. With four touchdowns this season, the best still might be yet to come from the Southern California product down the stretch.

 

 

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