5 Detroit Lions the Team Can't Afford to Lose

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5 Detroit Lions the Team Can't Afford to Lose
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There are several players the Detroit Lions cannot afford to lose if they plan on returning to the playoffs this year, but there are five guys that, although they will be critical, are probably under the radar.

The game of football can be broken down into three basic facets: offense, defense and the disrespected special teams. All three are equally important to the outcome of virtually every NFL game, and all three are capable of showcasing outstanding individual play.

Yes, Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh will be critical to the success of the 2012 Lions. If you’re looking for spoon-fed reading, you should probably just move on. We all know their importance.

I’d rather work under the assumption that my grandmother and the ladies of Kappa Kappa Gamma are not the core audience for Bleacher Report, although they should give it a whirl, and try to peel back the onion at least one layer.

The following are five players that should have a sizable effect on the win/loss column for the Detroit Lions in 2012.

Here is the second offseason installment of the Van Etten V

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