Brandon Pettitgrew

Detroit Lions 2011 NFL Team Preview

An in-depth look at the Lions offense, defense and special teams this year.
<p> An in-depth look at the Lions offense, defense and special teams this year.</p>

The streaks are almost all gone now, which means the Detroit Lions finally are ready to put their past behind them. The Matt Millen era is a fading memory, along with the historically awful 0–16 season that capped it in 2008. In the span of two weeks last December, the Lions ended both a 19-game losing streak in the NFC North and a 26-game losing streak on the road. And by winning four in a row to finish the season — even without their franchise quarterback — the Lions have suddenly offered tangible evidence that they’re a team on the rise.