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HOOVER, Ala. -- Mark Stoops believes Kentucky is ready to go bowling this postseason.It wont take a dramatic improvement for the Wildcats, who are coming off back-to-back 5-7 seasons after succumbing to late-season swoons. Stoops arrived at Southeastern Conference media days Wednesday believing the program is positioned to end a bowl drought stretching back to 2010.Were doing the things necessary to take the next step, the fourth-year Kentucky coach said Wednesday. Im not a pessimist, but Im not going to sit up here and boast (about) a team if were not quite ready. Weve done the work. We have the pieces in place. We will take the next step.Ive been proud of the progression weve done. Certainly you want more wins along the line, but I know weve done the right things and we have a great plan in place to continue to push this program, and the players are doing the things necessary to take it to the next step.That must include sustaining success through the 12-game grind. The Wildcats dropped six straight games to end the 2014 season and six of seven down the stretch last year.That came after wins over South Carolina and Missouri and near-misses against Florida and Auburn highlighted a promising start.Stoops enters his fourth year with Drew Barker taking over at quarterback and a switch to a pro-style system under assistant head coach Eddie Grant and co-offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw.Stoops said bumps along the road are to be expected when taking over a program. Kentucky has six straight losing seasons and just four SEC victories over the past four years.Running back Jojo Kemp, who teams with Stanley Boom Williams in the backfield, said the Wildcats are tired of just being close to making the postseason.Guys dont want that same feeling guys have had before, going 5-7, going 5-7, being so close and not being able to finish, Kemp said. Guys have taken it upon themselves, when coaches have given us breaks, to go home and come back early. 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You expect it to happen.The Lions (7-4), who visit the Saints (5-6) on Sunday, lead the NFC North thanks to five victories by four or fewer points, including last week, when a late interception set up a winning field goal against Minnesota on Thanksgiving Day .The Saints opened the season with a one-point loss because of their inability to stop Oaklands last minute TD and bold, 2-point conversion . New Orleans then lost by a field goal to the New York Giants, largely because of blocked a Saints field goal returned for a Giants TD.New Orleans was lining up for a go-ahead extra point kick in the final minutes against Denver last month, only to see that try blocked and returned for two points the other way for the Broncos margin of victory.Those are gut-wrenching losses and tough ones to bounce back from, Payton said. It tests your grip a little bit.Yet, when quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints league-leading offense are in synch, and if the defense is even just decent, the result can be leads large enough to render the final minutes irrelevant. Thats what happened last week against Los Angeles, when the Saints piled up 555 yards in a 49-21 rout of the Rams .So while the Lions remain confident about their competence in the clutch, it might not matter if they cant keep it close for four quarters.I dont know why theyve lost six games, Lions safety Glover Quin said. The thing I know is its Drew Brees. Its the New Orleans Saints. Theyre in the Superdome. Theyre going to be fired up and we have to match the intensity.Here are some other top story lines surrounding Detroits visit to New Orleans:SUPERIOR STAFFORD: One big reason the Lions are winning close games is because QB Matthew Stafford isnt losing them with poor decisions and turnovers. Stafford has thrown one interception in his last seven games and just six in his last 18. Staffords arm, meanwhile, is considered among the leagues best by none other than Brees.He can make some throws that most guys cant make -- cant even attempt to make, Brees said. Hes got some moxie, got some savvy. ... Hes just got that playmaking ability in critical situationss.ddddddddddddThis season, Stafford has completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,883 yards and 19 TDs against five interceptions.BETTER BREES: The Saints record-setting QB, who turns 38 on Jan. 15, is arguably having his best season in five years. If he maintains his completion percentage of 71.5, hell break the NFL record of 71.2 he set in 2011. He currently leads the NFL with 3,587 yards and 30 TDs passing. Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said he can live with lots of completions as long as theyre more lateral than vertical. Thats why he was pleased with how his defense played against Minnesota QB Sam Bradford (31 of 37) last week.He can go 36 of 36, as long as they dont throw the ball over our heads and as long as we get them off the field on third down, Austin said.ROARING LIONS: The Lions have won six of seven for the first time since 1995, when they won six of the last seven to earn a playoff berth for the fourth time in five years. Since then, Detroit has been in the postseason four times, most recently in 2014. The Lions also are in a position to win their first division title since 1993, when they were part of the NFC Central before divisions were realigned in 2002.ANGRY MARK: Two games ago, Mark Ingrams night was cut short when he was briefly knocked unconscious and placed in the NFL concussion protocol. Just 10 days later he gained 146 yards rushing on just 14 carries, including a 10-yard TD, against Los Angeles. He also scored on a 21-yard screen and was selected NFC offensive player of the week. However, Ingram has been bothered by a toe injury this week.Every time that dude touches the ball its like hes running angry, Brees said. Man, hes like ferocious. You can feel it. That inspires the whole group.INSIDE PRESSURE: Each team fields a defensive tackle it selected early in last springs draft. New Orleans Sheldon Rankins, taken 12th overall out of Louisville, recently returned from a broken leg that sidelined him for New Orleans first eight games. He has two sacks in his last three games and a forced fumble.Detroits AShawn Robinson, drafted 46th out of Alabama, has two sacks, four tackles for losses and has batted down a handful of passes in 11 games.---For more NFL coverage: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL---AP Sports Writer Larry Lage in Allen Park, Michigan, contributed to this report.---An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed Detroits most recent playoff season as 2011. ' ' '

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