The Detroit Lions capped off the 2010-2011 season with a four-game winning streak, sparking new found feelings of optimism in Motown. Next season, they face a difficult schedule, playing the last two teams to win the Super Bowl, as well as several up and coming teams that are looking to make the playoffs.
Obviously every one of the 16 games throughout the NFL season are of equal importance. As fans, we want to see a win every game and every loss brings us one step closer to watching someone else play in the post-season. But there are some games throughout the season that have more than just a win on the line.
It's very possible that the Lions lose every single one of these games and still make the playoffs, but here's a list of the five most important games the Lions will play next season and why they need to win all of them.