According to Chad Millman (no clue who he is) the Detroit Lions are now 10-1 odds to win the Super Bowl in 2012 in Indianapolis. I'm not sure I am buying that kind of success just yet, but I think we will all be forced to reevaluate our attitudes about the Lions before the 2011 season is over.
There are many reason why I don't think the Lions are actual Super Bowl contenders just yet. I think Stafford is still really young and will likely make some more mistakes as he grows into one of the NFL's elite QB's. Yes, I do think he has the intangibles to blow past the Tony Romo's of the world in the pecking order, I doubt he will plateau as Romo has for Dallas. The offensive line is also a concern, I understand that Pittsburgh made it to the final game last year with a patchwork line, but this current O-line isn't even mediocre. Jeff Backus has seen his best days and Gosder Cherilus is a waste. The O-line will be the Lions downfall this season.
Luckily the team is young enough that over the next few seasons they will be able to draft and add offensive lineman that can truly anchor this team and propel Detroit into an extend run of playoff appearances that end in..dare I say, multiple Super Bowl opportunities?
This team is different than past years, the Lions are finally built on a solid foundation. Face it, the success of the 90's teams were build on the back of Barry Sanders. They were never a solid teams, it was always Barry.
The Lions are stocked with great young talent like they have never had before, Stafford, Best, Johnson, Suh and company form a crew that is finally, after so many years of trying....built to last!