Lions and Tigers Give Detroit Something to Cheer About

With Monday night’s 24-13 win over the Chicago Bears, the Lions moved to 5-0 for the first time since 1956.

Posted: 10/11/2011 07:23 PM EDT

For years there has been little positive to say about the city of Detroit.
 
With high crime and record job loss, Detroit has seemed the most depressed city in the country.
 
But things have changed some in the Motor City this fall, from a sports perspective, anyway. The Detroit Tigers are in the American League Championship series with the Texas Rangers and, even more stunning, the Detroit Lions are 5-0 for the first time since 1956.
 
The Lions are undefeated after beating the Chicago Bears 24-13 on Monday night to deliver hope that one of the NFL’s perennial losers may have finally turned things around. They gave fans at Ford Field plenty to cheer about as Monday Night Football in Detroit returned to form for the first time in 10 years.

“It was electric," Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford told reporters. "Our fans came out and did an unbelievable job."
 
The men on the field have also done their parts well, with a cast of young and upcoming stars led by receiver Calvin Johnson, running back Jahvid Best, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and field general Stafford.
 
Now, if the city can just get the Tigers to turn around their fortunes in the AL Championship Series. They trail the Rangers 0-2 in the series right now, but with the way things have been going in Detroit, a turnaround is far from impossible.
 
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