Burning Questions for the Detroit Lions in 2013

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Burning Questions for the Detroit Lions in 2013
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Can you smell it? Oh yeah, that's the scent of regular season football! 

The Detroit Lions kick off the regular season on Sept. 8 when the Minnesota Vikings come to Ford Field. Lions fans are as optimistic as they can be about a team coming off the epic disappointment of last year's 4-12 campaign. 

And there is valid reason for optimism around these Lions. The den is loaded with strong talent at many key positions. On paper, this is a better overall team than the 2011 edition that finished 10-6 and made the playoffs. 

Yet questions abound. What looks good on paper and in the preseason doesn't always translate once the outcomes really matter. The difference between a return to the playoffs or a return to drafting in the top ten next May lies in answering the following questions.

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