NFL Predictions 2011: 7 Reasons the Detroit Lions Are Playoff Bound

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NFL Predictions 2011: 7 Reasons the Detroit Lions Are Playoff Bound
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Super Bowl preview perhaps?

Since Martin Mayhew took control of the Detroit Lions midway through the 2008 season—the lowest point in Lions history—a plan has been implemented that brings us to the brink of the 2011 NFL regular season.

Following a preseason where the Lions finished 4-0 and looked once again like preseason champs, it is only inevitable that they are drawing comparisons to that 2008 squad that was so devoid of talent. 

However, as the eternal optimist, I propose that instead of being compared to that 2008 team, we should look back to 1993, when the Lions finished 4-0 in the preseason and went on to win their division with a 10-6 record.

Following are seven reasons as to why the 2011 Detroit Lions are much more like that 1993 team than the dearth of talent that was 2008.

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