Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 5/25/12
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- A year after finishing 10-6, the Detroit Lions' season-win total for 2012 has been set at 9 12 by Las Vegas sports books. In other words, take the "over" if you think they're going to win 10 or more; the "under" if you think they'll win nine or fewer. For a little historical perspective, consider that never in club history have the Lions reached double-digit victories in back-to-back years. Expectations have been rising ever since the Lions won their final four games in 2010 and then followed that up last season with their first playoff appearance in 12 years. But can they sustain this success? It's one thing to get there; it's another to stay there. In a league of parity like the NFL, a rise one year can easily turn into a fall the next. Here are a few examples from the NFC in just the last five years of teams having major slides after playoff seasons: Seattle went from 10-6 in 2007 to 4-12 in '08. The New York Giants from 12-4 in 2008 to 8-8 in '09. ...
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