- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Now that’s more like it.

Pro Picks rallied as if Josh Freeman was leading the charge, going 11-4-1 against the spread and 13-3 straight up. That was as impressive a turnaround as what the Steelers and Titans displayed in Week 2 after ugly openers.

Or as noteworthy as what is going on for Detroit. The Lions not only are 2-0, but this week are road favorites. In a division game, no less.

The Lions’ roar has been heard in Tampa and at Ford Field, with Detroit outscoring the Bucs and then the Chiefs by a combined 75-23. This isn’t the team we’ve grown to ignore except when they host the early Thanksgiving Day game _ or when they are going 0-16.


Nope, these Lions are a 3 1/2-point choice at Minnesota, and rightfully so after the power they have shown. The Vikings are 0-2 and, while they haven’t been nearly as hapless as some of the other winless squads, they twice have blown late leads.

In this game, they won’t likely have a late lead. Or any sort of lead, unless the Lions get cocky.

“We have some experienced players and they know that two games don’t make a season,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “We have a hard-working group of players that understand that it’s not about what you’ve done in the past, it’s what you do in the future … nobody’s trying to rain on any parades or anything else, but it’s two games.”

Soon to be three games won.

LIONS, 24-16

New England (minus 9) at Buffalo

We usually like home underdogs. In this case, though, see last week: “Until otherwise notified, the Patriots will be the choice to cover, whatever the spread.”

BEST BET: PATRIOTS, 41-28

Miami (plus 2 1/2) at Cleveland

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