Folks, I really apologize for the delay in posting actual content, but along with your mailbag submissions (which I'm still accepting!), I'm working on a truly massive article (targeted to go up very late tonight), as well as something HUGE and NEW and GOLLY WOW AWESOME which I'll be announcing in the next day or two.
To tide you over, may I suggest you peruse Jeff Sagarin's computer rankings? Lots of interesting nuggets there: the Lions are the 26th-ranked team, and have faced the 5th-hardest schedule in the NFL so far. Very cool stuff.