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From Bleacher Report.
On a personal note, I'd like to see the Detroit Lions succeed.
They're always one of those teams that have "fun" pieces, but they always get stuck against tough opponents when/if they make the playoffs.
For example, in 2016, they had to travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks.
An issue for the Lions as of late has been the lack of a productive running game—quarterback Matthew Stafford can only throw so much (which he tends to more than most other quarterbacks in the league).
With Calvin Johnson retiring, the Lions were assumed to take a hit, but they made the playoffs anyway.
Speaking of big hits, Stafford took quite a few of those last season, but after the additions of right tackle Ricky Wagner and guard T.J. Lang, the Lions offensive line is shaping up to be a unit that is worth taking note of.
As mentioned earlier about Miller's mock, he has the team taking Miami tight end David Njoku—that would be a fun marriage.
The Lions will once again be a wild-card contender in 2017.
Toughest game: at New York Giants (Week 2)
I've been an advocate for the New York Giants throughout this entire slideshow, so this shouldn't come as a surprise—they're my favorites to be right there with the best of the NFC.
On the road against the Giants is going to be no easy task for any team this season.
Prove-it games: at Baltimore Ravens (Week 13), at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 14), both games vs. Green Bay Packers (Weeks 9 and 17)
The Baltimore Ravens and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are two teams that seem to be around the level of the Lions in terms of wins and losses.
The Bucs are another potential low playoff seed the Lions could need to fend off, and the Ravens will be a good measuring stick for the quality of the team the Lions have, especially on the road.
The Lions have games against the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, but those are more so "tough" games rather than "prove-it" games.
While beating competition that is universally expected to be ahead of you is important, the Bucs and Ravens are two teams that fit in the same tier as the Lions heading into 2017.
Lastly, the Packers finished with just a slightly better record than Detroit in 2016, so beating up on them could prove that they are the leaders of the NFC North.
2017 record prediction: 10-6