Last season they posted an impressive 10-6 record en route to their first playoff berth in over a decade.
More importantly they have a number of young and marketable players that turned the Lions into must-see-TV.
Let's face it. The Lions are hip and relevant!
It sounds weird but it's true. The 2012 schedule is all the proof you need.
Detroit's fortunes have changed and so the brain trust that is the NFL scheduling department finally showed the Lions some love with four nationally televised prime-time games.
When has that ever happened? Not recently that's for sure.
That's all well and good but don't let giddy anticipation cloud your judgment. The Lions have some very difficult matchups next year and will be hard pressed to repeat their success from 2011.
I've highlighted five pivotal games that Detroit must win.
These contests have all the trappings of classic swing-games—the outcomes could dramatically affect every game that follows.