Detroit Lions: The 5 Biggest Threats to Success in 2012

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Detroit Lions: The 5 Biggest Threats to Success in 2012

After their first winning season in over a decade, the Detroit Lions are doing everything in their power to avoid becoming the NFL's version of Right Said Fred—a one-hit wonder who eventually faded into irrelevance.

Their goals for 2012 extend well beyond the wild-card berth they achieved last season. If you listen to team president Tom Lewand, the Super Bowl is not an unrealistic expectation.

They certainly have the talent to make such a run.

The road to the Super Bowl is fraught with obstacles, though. Some are within the team's ability to avoid, others are not. Their ability to avoid—or overcome—these pitfalls will determine how far they go.

Here are five of the biggest threats to derail the Lions' season in 2012.

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