Detroit Lions: 8 Reasons the Lions Will Win the Super Bowl
The Detroit Lions are going to win the Super Bowl in the upcoming season.
All the pieces have fallen into place for the Honolulu Blue and Silver to finally hoist the Lombardi Trophy that has always eluded the franchise.
Will there be obstacles?
But this will be Detroit's year.
Let's find out...
8. Detroit Can Contend in the NFC
Before the Lions can compete with the AFC's best in the Super Bowl, they must get through the top teams the NFC has to offer.
They are finally ready to do that.
The Lions have enough talent on both sides of the ball to hang with any team in the NFC.
Plus the Packers lost Detroit's kryptonite when Matt Flynn went to the Seattle Seahawks, so that can't hurt either.
7. The Lions Finally Have Depth
The Lions actually made selections for depth in this year's draft.
While this may not seem like a big deal to the untrained eye, it shows a seismic shift to avid followers of the Honolulu Blue.
Detroit is no longer looking to find the franchise savior year in and year out. This is a club that is filling in small holes to a puzzle that is nearly complete.
Guys like Riley Reiff and Ryan Broyles will have to fight for playing time instead of having ready-made spots on a roster void of talent.
6. Offensive Firepower
Matthew Stafford is coming off a 5,000-yard passing season.
Calvin Johnson may be the best receiver in all of pro football.
Nate Burleson is a dependable No. 2 wideout.
Brandon Pettigrew and Titus Young are stars in the making with enough skill to round out a lethal offense.
If Detroit can find any semblance of a running game to balance their passing prowess, then they will be an even greater threat.
5. Everyone Is Healthy
The Lions are completely healthy entering the 2012 campaign.
This is an essential component of success in the NFL.
Nick Fairley will finally be able to play at 100 percent, Mikel LeShoure may actually put on a jersey and no one is talking about Matthew Stafford's old injury woes.
Detroit can focus solely on winning and not on getting key components off the injured list at some point in the season.
Of course, the injury bug may strike at any time, but having everyone ready to start the season is a great benefit for the Lions.
4. The Schedule
Detroit has the good fortune of playing the AFC South and several NFC bottom feeders in 2012.
This is not to say Detroit should take anyone lightly, but this schedule will provide welcome relief from the frequent cross-country trips that playing the AFC West forced last season.
3. Playoff Experience
For the first time in over a decade, the Lions enter the season knowing what playoff football tastes like.
This may seem like a small achievement, but having playoff experience is a crucial element to postseason success.
Name the last team to win the Super Bowl without having been to the postseason in over a decade...
Yeah, I can't think of one either.
Playing the New Orleans Saints in the wild-card round last season was a monumental step towards the Lombardi Trophy for the Lions.
You cannot simply throw a bunch of stars together and win a Super Bowl.
Just ask the Philadelphia Eagles.
Beyond the chemistry of Stafford and Johnson is the sense of unity this team has as a whole.
The linebacking unit of Justin Durant, Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy now know each other's tendencies.
The defensive line remains fully intact from last season, and Riley Reiff should be the only new piece to the offensive front.
This kind of chemistry should suit Detroit well throughout the season.
1. Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson
The combination of QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson is quickly becoming one of the most dynamic duos in all of the NFL.
Few teams have as potent a pair as what the Lions march onto the field every Sunday.
Stafford and Johnson developed a great relationship last season, as they combined for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Their relationship should only continue to blossom in 2012, and it will be the biggest reason Detroit wins the Super Bowl.