In less than one week, the Detroit Lions will kick off the 2012 season against the St. Louis Rams, and excitement is at an all time high. That's because, after decades of losing, the Lions are finally competitive—and fun to watch.
They have two superstars in Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson who give them a chance to win every time they take the field, and the nation has taken notice.
Not even in the Barry Sanders era were the Lions, dare I say, respected on a national level. It's a new experience for fans of the silver and blue.
That's not to say they don't have concerns that threaten their success. The running game, the secondary and maturity issues linger. Then again, what NFL team doesn't have a concern or two?
The "old" Lions are no more, and this current group have given fans every reason to be optimistic. They finished 10-6 last season, and there is no reason they can't repeat that success.
Here are five more reasons that fans have to be excited for the season to come.