Bears receiver Roy Williams said one of his former teams has gotten used to winning _ an NFL-best eight times in a row during the regular season since losing to Chicago _ and he’s happy for the Motor City.
“I know the fans are excited,” Williams said. “They truly deserve it. No offense to the Bears fans or Cowboys fans, but those fans are the most loyal fans that I’ve seen going through everything that they went through, but still showing up at the games and still cheering for their football team.”
Fans at Ford Field might finally get to root for first-round pick Nick Fairley.
The defensive tackle hasn’t played in a game since he helped Auburn win the national title. Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham got excited during practice when Fairley lined up with Ndamukong Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril.
“I looked out there and I said, ‘That is the way life is supposed to be Gunther,’” Cunningham said. “Sometimes you dream about those things.”
Followers of a franchise with only one playoff victory since winning the 1957 NFL title and the league’s only 0-16 season just three years ago feel as if they’re dreaming when watching the current team.
Detroit has become the league’s first team to win after trailing by at least 20 points in consecutive weeks, rallying from a 24-point deficit _ the largest by an NFL team on the road _ to win at Dallas a week after coming back from a 20-point hole at Minnesota.
Calvin Johnson is the only player to catch more than one touchdown pass in the first four games of a season and along with Cris Carter, he’s the second in league history to pull off the feat over any four-game stretch.
“In my opinion, he is not only solidifying himself as the top receiver in the NFL, but he would be my pick as league MVP if the season ended today,” Lions Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders said.
Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman, who will get chances to bring Johnson back down to earth, said he and his teammates will have a hard time trying to contain him.
“He’s the Goliath of receivers right now,” Tillman said.