Besides that, Detroit hasn't really come close to the postseason. The Lions recent struggles haven't done anything to deter the confidence of Johnson though. Megatron said on Tuesday that he believes this year 'is our best chance' to win a championship.
"I honestly believe that," Johnson said, via the Detroit Free Press. "And you've got to buy in. You've got to buy into the coaches' philosophy, and we have. I believe that everybody is doing exactly what the coaches want us to do, and if we're not, if something is not like he wants it, he's going to tell us and we're going to get better at it and he only has to tell us one time."
The coach Johnson is talking about is Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, who will be the third coach Megatron has played for since 2007. However, unlike Johnson's first two coaches -- Rod Marinelli and Jim Schwartz -- Caldwell has a Lombardi Trophy to his name.
Everyone in the country will get to decide for themselves this week if they think the Lions are any good when they host the Giants. It's not open the Lions get to open the season on a national stage. This will be Detroit's first Monday Night Football opener since 1971.
This Monday's game is also the Lions first primetime season opener since 1991 when they lost to the Redskins 45-0 on Sunday Night Football in Week 1. That Detroit team went on to the NFC title game.