Jim Schwartz has to be commended for taking a winless and largely under talented Lions team and turning them in to playoff contenders in two years. Matt Millen and Steve Mariucci, and then Millen and Rod Marinelli, wasted numerous high draft picks on players like Charles Rogers and the gutless Joey Harrington. On the flip side of that coin, current general manager Martin Mayhew and Coach Schwartz have completely flipped the roster and brought in quality talent.
If Matt Stafford stays healthy the sky is the limit for this team. He has a cannon for an arm, pin point accuracy and makes better decisions than Jay Cutler. He is easily a top 10 talent when he is healthy. With a bevy of weapons he will shred secondaries.
The defense is incredibly good and there may not be a defender in the NFL feared more than Ndamukong Suh. He is a monster in the middle and can tackle, eat up space and penetrate like no other. Don't be surprised when they end up as a top five defense.
The Lions are good enough to be a playoff team; their biggest limitation is the level of quality teams in the NFC this year. They will have a hard time winning the NFC North with the elite Packers in the same division. In addition, they have to battle the Saints, Falcons, Bears, Redskins, Cowboys, Buccaneers and possibly even the Philadelphia Eagles for a wild card spot