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ALLEN PARK, Mich. Cheap Hockey Jerseys . -- The Detroit Lions are alone in first place, and their top competitors in the NFC North have been floundering.Its an opportunity for the Lions to win their first division title since 1993 -- but their outlook could change awfully quickly if the next few weeks go badly.Confidence is building, but one thing we know about the league is, it will humble you, defensive lineman Kerry Hyder said.The Lions play three of their next four games on the road, starting this weekend at New Orleans. With road games against the New York Giants and Dallas also coming up, there are plenty of potential pitfalls awaiting a Detroit team that is in this position only because of its success in close games.The Lions (7-4) havent had a game decided by more than seven points all season. Theyve won enough of them to take a one-game lead over Minnesota in the division, and Detroit has the tiebreaker over the Vikings after sweeping them. But the Lions have room for improvement in all phases.Like anything else in our system, we can get better, coach Jim Caldwell said. We can get better defensively. We can get better offensively. We can get better in our kicking game.Detroit has had its share of chances recently to end its division title drought. In 2011, the Lions won their first five games, but they finished 10-6, well behind Green Bay. In 2013, the Lions were 6-3 and in sole possession of first place. The Packers were dealing with major injury problems, but Detroit lost six of its last seven games, costing coach Jim Schwartz his job.The following season, the Lions went 11-5 but lost a showdown at Green Bay in a regular-season finale that decided the division.Detroit has won six of its last seven after beating Minnesota on Thanksgiving , and the Vikings have dropped five of six. Green Bay is below .500. If the Lions win two of their remaining five games, that might be enough to keep them in first place. They have home games against Chicago and Green Bay still to come.The road games will be tough, though, starting with Sunday at New Orleans.Obviously Drew (Brees) has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league for a long time, pretty prolific. Those guys have been together, Caldwell said. Hes been in the same system.The Saints (5-6) arent in great shape in the playoff race, but unlike Minnesota, New Orleans has been playing fairly well lately . The Saints have won five of eight since an 0-3 start.New Orleans has scored at least 32 points in six of its 11 games. Detroit has reached that total only once.They have a powerful offense, Hyder said. They can run the ball well, they can throw the ball deep well. As a defense, weve got to bring our lunch pails.Game notes TE Brandon Pettigrew, who tore his left anterior cruciate ligament late last year and hasnt played at all this season, spoke for a bit in the locker room Monday. He did not rule out the possibility of returning this weekend. Well see where it goes. Im not going to say for certain, he said. ... The Lions signed TE Logan Thomas to the practice squad and released LB Brandon Chubb from the practice squad.---For more NFL coverage: and .---Follow Noah Trister at ;NHL Jerseys Wholesale . -- The Magic have their first victory of the new year. Discount NHL Jerseys . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. . - Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings was speaking to a group of local high school students earlier this week when the conversation turned to the importance of being prepared when opportunities in life arise. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It turns out Mitch Trubisky just needed a little bit of time.North Carolinas first-time starting quarterback looked uncomfortable and out of rhythm in his debut against Georgia. Three games later, the junior enters October in a mistake-free groove, racking up big numbers and ranking as one of the nations top passers while showing the composed play coach Larry Fedora had hoped to see.Good timing, too, considering the Tar Heels visit No. 12 Florida State this weekend.Really its just doing what Ive been doing in practice, Trubisky said Monday. The Georgia game, I was doing things I wasnt coached to do, things I havent shown in practice. And I just corrected those mistakes and played like the player I am . and distribute the ball to the playmakers really. Its getting more comfortable each week and learning from my mistakes.Trubisky isnt making many for the Tar Heels (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).The Mentor, Ohio native has thrown 202 straight passes without an interception, beating the previous program record that had stood for 19 years by nearly 50 attempts. Hes one of 11 quarterbacks in the NCAAs statistical leaders yet to throw an interception and ranks eighth nationally in passing efficiency.But hes no game manager. Hes running a fast-paced offense that calls on him to make the right call at the line with a run-pass option and push the ball downfield. And that has him ranked among the national leaders in passing yardage and passing touchdowns, too.I like him, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said, but hes going to be a pain in the tail this week.Trubisky is coming off a huge day in the ACC opener against Pittsburgh, completing 35 of 46 passes for 453 yards and five touchdowns -- including a scoring throw to Bug Howard with 2 seconds left -- to help UNC rally from 13 down with 6 minutes left in a 37-36 win. China Hockey Jerseys Wholesale. Add in his 432-yard day against James Madison, and Trubisky threw for 885 yards, completed 81 percent of his passes and recorded two of the top four single-game performances in program history in an eight-day span.Its been a huge difference from his 156-yard day in his first starting debut in the Georgia loss. Fedora criticized Trubiskys footwork then and said he was trying to do too much as he failed to connect downfield.Fedora sees more poise now.He was anxious and he was aware of the rush, Fedora said. Now hes sitting in there doing what he needs to do, seeing the field. Hes aware of the rush because he still has to move in the pocket and he still has to move in the lanes. . That means hes aware but hes seeing all that in his peripheral vision because hes still downfield on all his throws.Trubisky showed that on UNCs final drive against Pitt, directing a 17-play drive that included three fourth-down conversions before Trubiskys last-second winning throw.To be honest with you, you almost get more nervous (watching the film), even though you already know whats going to happen, receiver Austin Proehl said. Hes very composed. Hes very, `Hey, this is what were going to do, this is the play I want to run. 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