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If their performance last December was any indication, the Lions appear ready to be considered an NFL franchise once again. If Stafford can stay healthy – and that’s a big if – a run at the franchise’s first postseason berth since 1999 isn’t unrealistic.
If there’s one chic pick among teams that missed the playoffs last year to reach the postseason in 2011 it appears the Detroit Lions are that club after finishing 6-10 in 2010 but definitely showing signs of growth. The Lions, in fact, have shorter Bodog NFL futures odds at +425 to win the NFC North than the defending division champion Chicago Bears.
Anyone who makes a prediction based on a team’s preseason needs to revisit 2009 for a reality check: The Detroit Lions went 4-0 and followed it up with an impressively abysmal 0-16 regular season.
With that said, this preseason has shed some light on a few important areas.
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