5 Games That Will Define the Detroit Lions' 2011 Season

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5 Games That Will Define the Detroit Lions' 2011 Season
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The Detroit Lions recorded their 10th consecutive losing campaign in 2010, but finished the season with momentum, courtesy of a four game win streak.

With one of the league’s toughest schedules in 2011, Detroit will be tested early. 

Throughout every great team's regular season schedule, there are a multitude of significantly influential moments that define a team’s image in making a push for the playoffs. These moments establish a team’s worth in terms of competitive value and perseverance. 

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has been adamant in vocalizing his firm belief that the Lions are “right there” in terms of contention. As far as establishing a team identity, Schwartz believes that Detroit is already a competitive, multifaceted threat week in and week out.

"I think that we're well on our way to being the multidimensional team that we envision that we want to be." said Schwartz at a Lions press conference on January 3rd. "You'll see in the playoffs that the teams that last are the teams that are multidimensional, that aren't one-trick ponies because one-trick ponies are easier to shut down."

Every moment in every game is significant to the growth of a young Detroit Lions team looking to establish themselves as perennial contenders. 

The 2011 regular season will feature five games that will define Jim Schwartz and the Detroit Lions as they make their glorious return to the postseason.

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