2011 NFL Preview: Five Keys to the Playoffs for the Detroit Lions

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2011 NFL Preview: Five Keys to the Playoffs for the Detroit Lions
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The Lions have, for long, been the laughingstock of the NFL.

We all remember the comedic 0-16 Lions, led by Dan Orlovsky's run into the back of the end zone; however, times have changed.

The Lions, now, are legitimate playoff contenders with a shot to challenge teams like the Bears and, dare I say it, the Packers for the division title or a wild card spot.

That said, here are the five keys to the playoffs for the 2011 Detroit Lions.

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