Detroit Lions: Why 2011 Lions Are Light Years Beyond 2010 Squad

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Detroit Lions: Why 2011 Lions Are Light Years Beyond 2010 Squad
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Is this what they mean when they talk about "the difference a year makes?"

It certainly seems that way, as a team that started 2-10 last year is one of only two teams left unbeaten at 4-0. But what do the statistics say about this team, compared to last year?

Well, the most obvious stat says that the Lions are 4-0, as compared to 0-4. But let's break it down a little more than that.

Do the numbers show as much improvement in the Lions as what we've seen on the field, or are they lying like they so often do?

Warning: I'm about to throw a whole bunch of stats at you. All stats brought to you by pro-football-reference.com, NFL.com and some tedious compilation efforts by yours truly.

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