Improved Lions hoping for consistency

    2013-11-14 16:26

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AP Sports Writer

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - For the second time in three years, the Detroit Lions are making a legitimate push for the playoffs.

Receiver Nate Burleson notices a difference this time around.

Burleson says the team seems calmer now than it was in 2011, when the Lions went 10-6 and made the postseason. They followed that up with a 4-12 showing the following season. Now, Detroit is in first place in the NFC North, and the Lions are hoping they've learned some valuable lessons along the way.

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Burleson says the Lions are more aware that it's a long grind of a season, and he hopes that even-keeled attitude will serve them well.