The misery is well documented.
Twelve years of futility. Twelve long years since their last playoff appearance. Twelve years since they were .500.
While history is not on the Detroit Lions' side, there is plenty that is this 2011 season. The roar is back in the Motor City, and while the road will be tough, the playoffs are in sight.
The immediate goal for the Lions is winning the NFC North. A competitive division, the NFC North is wrought with question marks and maybes. Every team in the division has a weakness this year.
The Lions have the potential to rise to new heights this season, and here are their six biggest assets going forward.