Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/17/12
Who would have thought that the Lions could come back from a record-setting 0-16 season in 2008 only to make it to the playoffs in 2011?

Lions fans, of course, and even analysts predicting that without such an abysmal year the Lions couldn’t have picked up the young Georgia quarterback to begin their comeback journey. What does 2012 have in store for Detroit?

Let’s take a look at our best and worst-case scenarios.

The Detroit Lions play a whopping four prime time games so they better bring their best to the national stage.

Looking at the best-case scenario here, the Lions have to beat their 10-6 record from last year in order to land back in the playoffs.

Once there, they will need to drastically improve their playoff record by winning at least one postseason game, if not more. The Lions can’t afford to let teams beat them on their home turf this year. Most importantly, the Lions need to beat the Bears for both games so they can ensure second place in the division and a wild card spot.

If they are able to pull off victories against the Packers, not only at home but also at Lambeau, this would be a major turning point for the team. The Lions' secondary has always been a question mark for the team so they need to overcome their offseason cornerback scandal and the remaining players need to step it up on field.

With the unfortunate injury sustained by Louis Delmas, this will be even more critical. I believe that the Lions can win at least 11 games this season and bring it in the playoffs. I won’t say that Super Bowl XLVII will be in their future, but I do believe they are a dynamic enough team to get close.

In the worst-case scenario, there are a lot of unknowns this season for the Lions. The dynamic team of Stafford and Johnson can only connect the ball if Stafford can remain healthy again this year. He proved last season that he has the chops to play in the NFL but that was only after being sidelined for almost two years straight.

Will we be lucky enough for him to stay in the game again this year? The aforementioned secondary is always a gamble. The nationally televised rematch against San Francisco will be a make it or break it moment for the Lions this year.

The bye week is early in the season allowing them to make crucial adjustments depending on the way they come out of the gate. Their arch nemesis is always the Green Bay Packers and they always risk a loss against the Wisconsin team. The Thanksgiving Day game is also always a question mark but this year will be against the Houston Texans and we really need to pull off this nationally televised win for the moral of the city and team.

The worst-case scenario, as usual, is if the Lions choke. It seems once they get on the momentum of losing it is hard for them to regain their confidence and begin to win again. It is unlikely, but not impossible for the team to win only four of five of their games this season.

The Detroit Lions have a good shot this year and if they can improve on last year’s successes I think Detroit has a great chance.

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