Roar Restored? Bold Predictions for All 16 Detroit Lions Games of 2011

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Roar Restored? Bold Predictions for All 16 Detroit Lions Games of 2011
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The Detroit Lions are a team that has had little success in recent history. In the last 10 seasons, the Lions are a measly 39-121, meaning they've averaged less than four wins a season over the last decade. They've seen unusually high turnover in the coaching department, and have made very poor decisions on draft day. However, since the departure of Matt Millen, the team has begun to turn things around.

Martin Mayhew has shown a very different draft philosophy than his predecessor; selecting the most talented player on the board, rather than trying to fill team voids. Mayhew's steady hand has allowed the team to begin to restock with talent. Players like Stafford, Delmas, Suh, Fairley, Best, Pettigrew and Young have all joined the roster in the last three drafts after years of busts and disappointments.  

The growth of the current Lions, coupled with the addition of young talent and the return of Matthew Stafford, has many believing this could finally be the year for Motown. Let's go week-by-week through the 2011 season and see if the Lions are contenders or pretenders. 

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