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Detroit Lions: 3 Reasons They Need a Running Game to Contend
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Can the Lions compete in the NFC North without an effective running game?

The Lions have not lived up to expectations so far in 2012, this much we know. But why has their loaded offense not been able to carry the load this far? 

They currently rank third in the NFL in total yards, as well as second in the NFL in pass yards. However, they come in at 24th in rushing yards.  

While their passing offense is clearly elite, here's why they will need a solid running game if they want to contend.

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