By Larry Lage, AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Lions, already with more wins than they had last season, have set themselves up to make a run toward the playoffs after their bye.
“The tale of this season is not going to be written in the first half,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “It is going to be written in the second half, and that is what we have to concentrate on.”
Detroit (5-3) has a favorable schedule on its side with just two remaining games — against Chicago next week, and Green Bay on Thanksgiving — against teams that currently have a winning record.
The Lions, though, are not good enough to just show up and win at Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Minnesota, or to beat Tampa Bay, Baltimore and the New York Giants at home.
“We have a lot to play for in the second half,” center Dominic Raiola…
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