June 11, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions offense celebrates following a play during mini camp at Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

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The Magic Number is 50
Joe Fortenbaugh – The National Football Post

The top-10 teams in rushing attempts + completions combined to post a record of 101-59 (.631) in 2012, with seven of those ten organizations advancing to the postseason. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the bottom-10 teams combined for a 62-97-1 (.387) mark, with zero total playoff berths.

NFC North Power Rankings: Where Do the Detroit Lions Land?
Nick Kostora – Yahoo! Contributor Network

3. Detroit Lions
It really is a coin flip at this point between the Lions and the Minnesota Vikings, but the Lions have to get the nod because of the clear attempts they have made to fix the issues in the running game and in the secondary. Those need areas have been addressed this offseason by bringing in running back Reggie Bush and drafting cornerback Darius Slay, but we still need to see these players on the field before true judgement can be made.

Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah, Larry Warford get tour of Ford Field, take part in youth camps
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Ziggy Ansah and the rest of the Lions’ 2013 draft class got a tour of Ford Field as part of the team’s rookie orientation program Monday.

They met some of the gameday staff, saw the view from the suitesand walked out of the tunnel like they’ll do three months from now when they begin their NFL careers.

“It was funny ’cause I was just thinking about that,” Ansah said. “I’m like, ‘Man, how great would it be just coming out of the tunnel, everybody screaming, yelling, about to take the first snap.’ It was really touching to me. Right now, I’m getting a little bit emotional, but I’m trying not to.”

DT C.J. Mosley absorbing Lions’ non-stop defensive mentality
Tim Twentyman – DetroitLions.com

C.J. Mosley is new to the Lions’ defensive line this year after signing as a free agent in April.

It didn’t take long into the offseason training program for him to figure out that the Lions’ defensive line operates a little bit differently than some others he’s been around in his nine NFL seasons.

“You have to be able to run to the ball,” said the 6-foot-2, 310-pound Mosley, with a laugh, after a mini-camp practice last week.

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