(Note: Here's another picture of Calvin Johnson, because I couldn't find any pictures of the Lions' Defense doing anything good last season.)
Key Additions: Julian Peterson (LB), Larry Foote (LB), Grady Jackson (DT), and Phillip Buchanon (CB)
Key Subtractions: Shaun Cody (DT) and Paris Lenon (LB)
Other Key Players: Ernie Sims (LB)
Analysis: The biggest problem the Lions faced last season was the inability of their defense, especially against the run, to stop opposing offenses.
Every time their offense would get on a roll, their defense would fall apart down the stretch. They were never able to put Culpepper and Co. in position to win.
Larry Foote is a nice hometown addition that will help for a year or two, but the real coup was scoring Julian Peterson from Seattle. Peterson should be able to step in and make the defense better immediately.
Playing alongside Foote and Ernie Sims, the linebackers have three tough, able linebackers that should improve their abysmal defensive performance from last season.
Unfortunately, their secondary and line aren't much improved over last season. Grady Jackson's a nice addition, but he's years past his prime and not really able to take every snap.
The same could be said for Phillip Buchanon, who is an upgrade to their coverage teams, but that is not really saying much for the 27th ranked pass defense in the NFL last season.
I think they'll win at least one game, and three isn't a stretch. They are not nearly as bad as they were last year, but this is very clearly a 3-4 year rebuilding process and they need to start from the ground up.
Stafford is a nice base, but the defense is still going to be hovering near the bottom of the league, even with their talented linebacking corps.
You have to figure that the Lions are going to come out of the gate slowly, but I think that inserting Stafford around the Week Six game against Green Bay could re-energize the Lions, and they have a handful of winnable games in the second half of the season.
If the defense can hold their opponents to under 30 points, the Lions should be able to squeak out a win or three this season.