Calvin Johnson Must Be Really, Really Good

...because he has Jon Kitna believing that the Detroit Lions are going to dominate the NFL this year. The same Lions that went 3-13 last year, because of a rookie wide receiver, are going to win 10+ games this year. Mmhmm.

"I'll keep to myself what I think we actually will win. But it's more than 10 games," Kitna said.

"I don't like putting a lot of pressure on people, but Calvin Johnson, to me, will have about the same impact that Reggie Bush had in New Orleans," Kitna said. "He's everything that they said he was and more."

If he's implying that the Lions have been as big of a disaster as New Orleans in the wake of Katrina, fine. And if he says Calvin Johnson is going exceed all the hype, I can buy that, too.

But somehow, Drew Brees is being left out of the equation ... and he seems like a key factor, since the different between Kitna and Brees is the biggest reason I'm having trouble wrapping my head around the idea that the Lions are going to win 11 or more games.

Brees, with his 96.2 QB rating and his 26 touchdowns that also may have had something to do with New Orleans' miraculous 2006 season. Meanwhile, Jon Kitna ... well, he's still Jon Kitna. I admire his optimism, but as of right now, this bold proclamation is the most noteworthy thing of his career as a Lion.

QB Kitna says Lions will win 10-plus games in '07 [ABC12]