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Comeback Kids – Ten teams went 6-10 or worse last year. Which ones are making the playoffs in 2013?
Bill Barnwell – Grantland.com
1. Detroit Lions
Arguments in favor: Underperformed Pythagorean expectation, awful record in close games, faced difficult schedule, fumble recovery rate, turnover differential
Arguments against: Top-heavy team only one injury away from disaster, difficult division
TE Joseph Fauria continues work with a chip on his shoulder
Mike O’Hara – DetroitLions.com
Joe Fauria arrived at the Lions’ rookie camp in May with a chip on his shoulder. He departed after the last mini-camp in June with the same chip firmly in place.
“It’s still the same size,” Fauria said before leaving for his home in Newport Beach. “It might be even bigger. I’ll always have that ‘undrafted’ tag on my log.”
Comparing Matthew Stafford’s new deal with other NFL QBs
Detroit Free Press
With Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford getting a three-year extension, Dave Birkett looks at contracts for expected QB starters for all 32 NFL teams:
Detroit Lions: Five changes on special teams
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press
While there are plenty of changes this season, special teams is almost completely different. Pro Bowl long snapper Don Muhlbach returns, other than that new faces abound. Here are five changes for special teams:
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