Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/10/14

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: Head coach Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions watches the action on the field against the Indianapolis Colts at Ford Field on August 28, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Colts 18-17. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Coach Jim Schwartz calls it the peer group -- the teams the Lions have to beat consistently to advance from playoff team to championship contender. General manager Martin Mayhew looked at the playoff field -- specifically the six NFC teams that qualified for the postseason -- as the measuring stick. We lost to four of them, Mayhew said in a session with the media last week. So, weve got some work to do to make that next step. The two men with the key roles in shaping the Lions' roster expressed the same view in different words in their postseason assessments of how the team performed in 2011 to make the playoffs for the first time in 12 years and what needs to be done to improve. In order to win a championship, the Lions have to play better and matchup better against the NFLs best teams. Analyzing the Lions position by position, they are good in enough areas to make the playoffs again in 2012, but theyre still short of the goal of winning in the postseason....
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