Detroit Lions 2012: How Well Can They Do with a Depleted Secondary?

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Detroit Lions 2012: How Well Can They Do with a Depleted Secondary?
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Louis Delmas had surgery on his knee a few days ago, giving the Detroit Lions secondary yet another hit, which they cannot afford.  Despite spending a good portion of their draft on players in the secondary, it seems like they have taken more steps backward than forward. 

The ironic part is that the Lions may possess one of the most threatening defensive lines in the NFL, especially if Nick Fairley proves to be viable.  One line of reasoning that may give fans comfort is that a strong, imposing defensive line will deny quarterbacks the time to find the weaknesses in the secondary.  This is valid with some teams, but others will have the ability to succeed despite the threat of linemen like Ndamukong Suh, Cliff Avril, Nick Fairley and Kyle Vanden Bosch.

The fans of the Lions are definitely excited about their offense, which can score on any defense in the league with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and a better than average cast of supporting receivers.  With their defensive deficiencies, they may need to do so on a regular basis.

The Detroit Lions finished the 2011 regular season with a 10-6 record.  The question for 2012 is whether or not they will be able to improve on that record this season.  With a strong NFC, it will be a challenge to get back into the playoffs once again.  This article will examine the opponents for the 2012 Detroit lions and determine what type of record can be expected of this team.

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