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Detroit Lions: Reasons Why This Team Is a Championship Contender

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 02:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions catches a pass for a touchdown for the win over Terence Newman #41 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Lions defeated the Cowboys 34-30.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Roderick AngeloCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2011

The Detroit Lions have emerged as a strong title contender this season.

The team sputtered out of the gates through three of the first four games, but managed to win all of them in impressive fashion. Looking like a champion they managed to win three games in comebacks.

Led by Ndamukong Suh, the Lions' defense is ranked 11th in yards allowed per game, third in interceptions, and tied first in returns for touchdowns.

Then you have the Lions' offense, led by the duo of WR Calvin Johnson and QB Matthew Stafford. The offense ranks seventh in the NFL in passing yards, second in points per game and third in touchdowns.

Doubters will say mention the Lions' meager 3.0 yards per rush, but they are not a run-first team and they play in a dome. The team is built to pass the ball.

Stafford and Johnson are looking like next big quarterback-receiver duo. Johnson has had an NFL-record two touchdown receptions in each of the first four games.

With them winning their last eight regular season games dating to last year and their last four preseason games, they are looking like the team to beat.

Tied with the defending NFL champion Green Bay Packers for the best record in the NFL and the division, they both play in the toughest conference in all of football.

Watch out NFL, the Lions are filled with enough talent and depth to compete against the NFL's best. 

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