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If there is any team that has paid their dues it's the Detroit Lions. After an 0-16 season in 2008 and a 2-14 season in 2009 and 10 straight sub .500 seasons, the Lions might have return to legitimacy this year.
The Lions are now 4-0 and are atop of their division with the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers after yesterday's remarkable win against the Dallas Cowboys.
In the past two weeks the Lions were able to orchestrate comebacks of 20-plus points which was the first time that has happened in NFL history.
First they were able pull off a 26-23 overtime victory against the Minnesota Vikings and yesterday they were able to get two defensive touchdowns that helped them comeback against Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.
At the center of their resurgence is quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Both have played extremely well, but Johnson especially has been unreal. He has been able to catch almost everything in his general vicinity.
Johnson who is one of the best, if not the best, wide outs in the NFL has scored two touchdowns each of the past four weeks. He is on a pace to shatter Randy Moss' record of 23 touchdown receptions in one season.
Many people knew they were going to improve this season, but no one thought that they would be doing this well.
The Lions will continue to give the Green Bay Packers a run for their money for the NFC North title.
Their next game is against their NFC North rival Chicago Bears. This matchup will be another opportunity to prove their legitimate NFC playoff contenders.