I give all the respect in the world to the Lions but to the Lions fans talking about getting respect from the National Media & the fans then it will come when you play the Packers & Saints in back to back weeks. If you are able to beat those two teams then they will give you all the respect in the world. Thats the true, plus who gives a fu*k about Power Rankings in Week 5 & 6. They are meaningless & by the way they are 4th, thats a lot of fu*king respect for a franchise that hasn't had a winning record in 11 years & hasnt made the playoffs in 13 years.
Same goes to my Niners, who havent earned that respect from the media and im good with that because it takes time to even reach the level that teams like The Pats, Packers & Saints are at. Its a gradual process, so far so good but its just the beginning of the season. All I care about is how my team finishes, which hopefully comes with a playoff birth.
Just like the Lions, if the Niners want to earn real respect then they have to beat teams that are perceived better than you. If they can beat the Lions then they would have earned a little more respect