Detroit Lions: 8 Reasons Why the Lions Will Contend for the Super Bowl in 2011

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Detroit Lions: 8 Reasons Why the Lions Will Contend for the Super Bowl in 2011
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The Detroit Lions had a successful NFL draft class this past season as they were poised to do some damage after going 2-14 in their 2009-2010 season.

Throughout last season, the Lions saw players like Ndamukong Suh, Shaun Hill, Jahvid Best, Cliff Avril, Brandon Pettigrew, Calvin Johnson and Jeff Backus provide a much-needed sparks for the team. 

The Lions could definitely consider last season a success, as they were pretty much in every game that they played. It marked the first year in over a decade where the team actually had the talent to be competitive.

For a team that did so well, the Lions had their fair share of injuries at key positions. Guys like Matthew Stafford, Jahvid Best, Alphonso Smith and even Cliff Avril were banged up, as Detroit tried to compete every game.

With Matthew Stafford getting injured, the team had to utilize its second-string quarterback, Shaun Hill, for the majority of the season.

Even with Hill at the helm, this team made noise at the end of the regular season, winning its last four games against the St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins.

When Shaun Hill went down, the team ended up using its third-string quarterback, Drew Stanton. He had a solid couple games at QB, leading the Lions to a victory over the Green Bay Packers—the eventual Super Bowl champions—and Tampa Bay with emerging superstar QB Josh Freeman.

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