There are significant roadblocks that the 2012 Detroit Lions will have to clear if they are to challenge for the NFC North division title. If the Lions want to win the division, they will have to win a few games that look to be losses right now. Any stumbling would cause the Lions to fall too far behind the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and the surprising Minnesota Vikings.
The Lions put themselves behind the rest of the division with the 2-3 start. The Bears are 4-1 and have come out of the gate strong. The Packers have struggled, but they appear to be getting it together after Sunday's destruction of the Houston Texans. The Minnesota Vikings have surprised the entire league with their play, and they are 4-2.
Let's look at the biggest challenges the Lions face as they attempt to win the NFC North for the first time since 1993.