Detroit Lions: 5 Players Who Need a Big 2012-13 Season

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Detroit Lions: 5 Players Who Need a Big 2012-13 Season
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The only thing more impressive than a breakout year is a follow up performance with the same product.

After a 10-6 record, and the first playoff birth since 1999, the bar for next season will be set pretty high for the Detroit Lions.

This young Lions team is on its way to rewriting the history book of this franchise. With the foundation players set, and the right leaders on and off the field, it's time for the team to take positive steps to success.

Lions such as Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Cliff Avril had star-studded campaigns last season. Stafford and Johnson will continue to be the building blocks of the franchise, but the Lions can't rely on another 5,000 yard passing season to take the next step as a team. There are still many obvious holes on offense and defense Detroit must improve to become a legit contender in the NFL.

Here are five specific players who must come up big next season to put the Lions in Super Bowl contention.

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