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Detroit Lions 2012 NFL Season Preview, Predictions

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Detroit Lions

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2011 record: 10-6 (Second in NFC North)

Fearless Forecast

  • Bucky Brooks

    After making the postseason for the first time in more than a decade, the Lions must deal with pressure and expectations that come along with being a favorite. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are ready for the challenge, but a suspect secondary could keep the defense from rising to the occasion.
    Prediction: 8-8, third in NFC North

  • Daniel Jeremiah

    Can they take that next step? The Lions broke through the playoff barrier last season, but they were outclassed by the Saints once they got there. Their division is brutally tough, but I still like their chances to return to the postseason.
    Prediction: 9-7, tied for second in NFC North

  • Adam Schein

    I love the passing attack, but I am very concerned about the run game, the offensive line and the back end of the defense.
    Prediction: 8-8, third in NFC North

  • Steve Wyche

    Suspect running game and holes in the secondary will put a dent in the spectacular passing attack, featuring Matt Stafford and Megatron.
    Prediction: 9-7, third in NFC North

In The Spotlight
Matthew Stafford | #9 | QB

Truth be told, the Lions’ defense is under the microscope after giving up 90 points and 1,176 total yards to Green Bay and New Orleans to finish off last season. Their personnel didn’t really change, however, and the team can’t keep a running back healthy -- which means the weight of the Lions’ fortunes once again falls on their strong-armed quarterback.

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3 Pivotal Games
Week 11 vs. Packers
The Lions have lost five of the past six games in which they hosted Green Bay. A win behind the arm of Stafford could be quite meaningful -- even if it’s not the traditional Thanksgiving match-up.
Week 16 vs. Falcons
To hold onto their playoff aspirations, the Lions’ secondary must clip the wings of the Falcons’ passing attack, as Atlanta very well could be competing for the same postseason appearance.
Week 17 vs. Bears
If things go as expected, Detroit and Chicago will be sitting at nine or 10 wins each when they meet in one of the most important games on the season’s final week.

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