Detroit Lions: Where Do Matthew Stafford and Co. Rank in the NFC North in 2011?

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Detroit Lions: Where Do Matthew Stafford and Co. Rank in the NFC North in 2011?
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When analyzing the individual talent in the NFC North’s black-and-blue division, you have to consider a multitude of things.

You have to consider that collectively, an NFC North team has appeared in an NFC Divisional Playoff game a dominating eight out of 10 seasons.

Those same teams have also represented the NFC in two Super Bowls during that time period, with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010.

You must also consider that the NFC North boasts some of the league's greatest positional talents.

For years, the Detroit Lions have been buried beneath the rubble that is the bottom of the division. The Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have all taken their turn pounding the once-hapless Lions.

But the 2010 season was different; no longer would Detroit lie down and pray against divisional opponents. Win or lose, Jim Schwartz and the Lions ensured that opponents knew that they had just played a football game.

No one team would escape the fury of the vastly improved Detroit Lions, and the team closed the 2010 season with a four-game winning streak.

Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew have combined to assemble the talent necessary to build a dynasty. From Matthew Stafford to Ndamukong Suh, Detroit’s roster is oozing with young talent.

So where does Detroit’s talent stack up in the competitive NFC North?

Read on to find out.

Positional rankings based on 2011-12 projections.

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