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Sunday, June 24, 2007
Updated: June 26, 4:31 PM ET
Detroit QB Kitna: Lions will be winners in 2007

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The Detroit Lions haven't had a winning record since 2000 and haven't won 10 games since 1995. That's all going to change in 2007, according to quarterback Jon Kitna.

Imperfect 10

Jon Kitna predicted at least a 10-win season for the Lions in 2007. That would be a tall task, according to recent NFL history. Only the Cardinals have waited longer than the Lions for a 10-win season.

Seasons waiting for 10 wins
Team Seasons
Cardinals 29*
Lions 11
Browns 9**
Bills 7
*=excludes 1982 strike-shortened season
**=excludes 1996-98 when they did not play in NFL

Appearing on WDFN-AM in Detroit on Thursday, Kitna predicted that the Lions will win more than 10 games this season. The Lions were 3-13 in 2006.

In March, Kitna said the Lions would win 10 games in 2007, but after seeing the team's schedule he adjusted his prediction -- higher.

"I'll keep to myself what I think we actually will win. But it's more than 10 games," Kitna said.

Part of the reason for Kitna's optimism is Calvin Johnson, the team's first-round draft pick.

"I don't like putting a lot of pressure on people, but Calvin Johnson, to me, will have about the same impact that Reggie Bush had in New Orleans," Kitna said. "He's everything that they said he was and more."