Barry Sanders: Lions are No. 2 in NFC North
April, 10, 2013
By Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com
Has the Chicago Bears' coaching transition paved the way for a Detroit Lions resurgence? Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders advanced that theory in this "First Take" video.
"I certainly have a lot of hope for this year," Sanders said of the 2013 Lions. "And as the Bears kind of figure out their situation, I think we're standing right there at a solid No. 2 in that division."
Who is Sanders' No. 1 in the NFC North? Presumably the Green Bay Packers, who have won the past two division titles. But his assessment overlooks the Minnesota Vikings, who defeated the Lions twice last season and earned a wild-card playoff spot with a 10-6 record. Something tells me this isn't the last time we'll have this conversation.
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