Detroit Lions: Key Difference Makers on Offense and Defense in 2012

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Detroit Lions: Key Difference Makers on Offense and Defense in 2012
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The Detroit Lions have finally established themselves as a legitimate NFL threat. Jim Schwartz and his young team brought a hopeful glimpse of success after last year's playoff appearance. With a pivotal 2012-13 season ahead, the Lions will be heavily tested.

Plenty of last year's success and highlights came from the star power of Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford. Key role players like Brandon Pettigrew, Cliff Avril and Stephen Tulloch also had positive seasons for the Lions. With depth at many vital positions, plenty other players are capable of similar accomplishments. 

Detroit has the talent to make another postseason run in 2012. With a few standout performances this year, the Lions could repeat their successful history from last year. Here are four difference-makers everybody should pay close attention to next season.

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