5 Reasons Why the Detroit Lions Won’t Win the NFC North in 2014

5 Reasons Why Detroit Won't Win The NFC North In 2014

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This past week, I came up with five reasons why the Detroit Lions will win the AFC North, and quite frankly, it was tough to advocate why the Lions could win the division based on their struggles in the 21st century. On the flip side, however, comes five reasons why the Lions won't win the NFC North in 2014.

5. Detroit Has Not Won A Division Title Since 1993

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5. Detroit Has Not Won A Division Title Since 1993

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Year after year, Lions fans are filled with optimism and thoughts of "this is going to be our year," but those promises have come up empty since 1993. The Lions have been stuck in the NFC North basement while the Packers and Bears have mostly dominated the division. There's nothing to suggest that the Lions could win it this year, especially with each NFC North team, including Minnesota, improving in terms of their roster.

4. The Undisciplined Play Of Ndamukong Suh & Nick Fairley

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4. The Undisciplined Play Of Ndamukong Suh & Nick Fairley

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Part of the problem with Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley is gone with Jim Schwartz fired. His fiery persona made it okay for these players to develop a mean streak, which led to numerous personal foul and roughing the passer calls. A calm head coach like Jim Caldwell could help control these players to a degree, but until Suh and Fairley get a reality check, these two will continue to help give games away.

3. Poor Secondary Play

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3. Poor Secondary Play

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The worst unit on the entire team, the only moves the Lions made to improve their secondary was to sign journeyman safety James Ihedigbo and release veteran corner Chris Houston. The secondary is just as bad, if not worse, than it was last year. Given that the NFC North has explosive passing offenses in Chicago and Green Bay, you would have thought the secondary would have been a bigger priority this offseason.

2. Matthew Stafford's Turnover Problems

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2. Matthew Stafford's Turnover Problems

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When things were going good last season, Matthew Stafford was one of the elite QBs in the NFL. When the Lions struggled or had adversity, he wilted under pressure. His turnover problems and gunslinger attitude reared their ugly heads during a 1-6 finish to end the season. Stafford's turnovers cost the Lions games against Tampa Bay, Baltimore and the New York Giants. Which Stafford will show up this season?

1. The Healthy Returns Of QBs Aaron Rodgers And Jay Cutler

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1. The Healthy Returns Of QBs Aaron Rodgers And Jay Cutler

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With both Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Chicago's Jay Cutler out for significant stretches last season, the Lions had a golden opportunity to run away with the division but failed to do so. With both QBs back and healthy to begin 2014, Detroit will have a tall task in trying to dethrone two teams with great QBs.


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