Gimme 5: New contenders for the next decade

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3. Detroit Lions

You read that right ... the Detroit Lions. Matthew Stafford is the real deal. He sees the field, gets rid of the ball quickly, and is cool, calm and under control. Calvin Johnson is a game-breaking receiver.

Coach Jim Schwartz is building a defense that gets after the quarterback with a talented front four. It might take this team a few more years to contend, but the Lions are headed in the right direction. Detroit could be a contender in time to shock the football world.


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