Lions vs. Cardinals: 10 Keys to the Game for Detroit

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Lions vs. Cardinals: 10 Keys to the Game for Detroit
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The Detroit Lions need a win.

The playoffs are long gone, the days of the financially ruinous top 10 draft pick are in the past and contrary to some of the more reactionary voices in the media, head coach Jim Schwartz's job should be in no danger between now and the 2013 season.

In fact, both the Lions and the Arizona Cardinals are playing this game for no other reason than just to win. There is zero chance either of these teams are relevant by January.

So why do the Lions need to win? Simply to prove that they can.

The Lions have lost five straight this season after a 3-1 stretch that saw them climb to 4-4. The most meaning the Lions have in their remaining games is simply to play spoiler and help Calvin Johnson make history.

But this is a chance for guys to show up and make a case for sticking around in 2013, and ending the season on a high note can change the entire offseason storyline.

So while the game may not carry any playoff intrigue, it's still one worth playing and winning. Here are the 10 things the Lions have to do to make that happen.

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