ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Its such a fine line between bad and good in the NFL.
The Detroit Lions went from a winless, pathetic team in 2008 to 10 victories and the playoffs three years later.
You would think that theyd be a popular choice to take the next step and seriously contend for the Super Bowl, especially with the star power of quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson.
Thats not the case. Many analysts are picking the Lions to finish third in the NFC North and not make the playoffs.
Division rival Chicago -- with the return of quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte from injuries, and the addition of receiver Brandon Marshall -- has become the fashionable choice to surge past the Lions.
Thats fine, receiver Nate Burleson said. I hope people keep overlooking us and telling us to our face.
Thats not going to do anything but make us that much more thirsty for going out there and winning.
Although the Lions return their core group from a year ago, ma...