Unwritten NFL laws state not to put too much stock into the preseason. Players who seem to be stars in preseason play sometimes don't pan out correctly, and vice versa. But with the Detroit Lions coming off their first playoff performance since 1999 last season, it's hard not to take heavy note of anytime they take the field.
The Lions are approaching the 2012 season with a chance to prove they belong in the elite class of the NFL. With a year of success under their belt and a stronger NFC North division, serious implications ride on this season.
How Detroit will truly respond is yet to be seen. It's hard to predict a team's future based on preseason play, but here are the most important notes thus far from the Lions.