MITCH ALBOM: YES

The word contend means to challenge for something, and unlike years past, I don’t think the Lions will be out of the running by Halloween. If they win the division, they make the playoffs, and with the way Chicago traditionally flip-flops, who knows whether they’ll behave like defending Super Bowl participants? So the Lions can contend for their division, which is more than we have said in recent years. Hey. Baby steps. Baby steps.

Will Kitna be Lions’ first Pro Bowl QB since 1971? No

Lions record

8-8

Lions

MVP

Jon Kitna

NFC North

1. Chicago

2. Detroit

3. Minnesota

4. Green Bay

Division winners

NFC

Chicago

New Orleans

Philadelphia

Seattle

AFC

Baltimore

Indianapolis

New England

San Diego

Wild cards

NFC

Carolina

N.Y. Giants

AFC

Cincinnati

Jacksonville

NFC title game

New Orleans over Carolina

AFC title game

Indianapolis over Jacksonville

Super Bowl

Indianapolis over New Orleans

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA: YES

As long as they win their first two games (at Oakland and at home against Minnesota), they will be able to at least stay in the playoff hunt and keep things interesting. But contending for a playoff spot is one thing, earning a spot is another. Rod Marinelli’s team is still a year away from the playoffs.

Will Kitna be Lions’ first Pro Bowl QB since 1971? No

Lions record

7-9

Lions

MVP

Jon Kitna

NFC North

1. Chicago

2. Detroit

3. Green Bay

4. Minnesota

Division winners

NFC

Chicago

New Orleans

Philadelphia

San Francisco

AFC

Baltimore

Indianapolis

New England

San Diego

Wild cards

NFC

Carolina

Dallas

AFC

Cincinnati

Jacksonville

NFC title game

New Orleans over Philadelphia

AFC title game

Indianapolis over San Diego

Super Bowl

Indianapolis over New Orleans

MICHAEL ROSENBERG: NO

All this talk about quarterback Jon Kitna throwing for 5,000 yards is nice. But the Lions are likely to be a mediocre running team, and their defensive backfield is a disaster. I don’t see how they can contend.

Will Kitna be Lions’ first Pro Bowl QB since 1971? No

Lions record

5-11

Lions

MVP

Roy Williams

NFC North

1. Chicago

2. Green Bay

3. Minnesota

4. Detroit

Division winners

NFC

Chicago

New Orleans

Washington

San Francisco

AFC

Baltimore

Indianapolis

New England

Denver

Wild cards

NFC

St. Louis

Philadelphia

AFC

San Diego

Pittsburgh

NFC title game

Chicago over Washington

AFC title game

New England over Denver

Super Bowl

New England over Chicago

DREW SHARP: NO!

They’ll need Jon Kitna to once again take every offensive snap of the season just for them to have a chance to be mediocre. The odds aren’t good of that happening again. They must win their first games – Oakland and Minnesota – just to have an opportunity to win six games. There remains a sizable talent gap between them and the NFL’s good teams.

Will Kitna be Lions’ first Pro Bowl QB since 1971? No

Lions record

5-11

Lions

MVP

Jason Hanson – again

NFC North

1. Chicago

2. Green Bay

3. Detroit

4. Minnesota

Division winners

NFC

Chicago

New Orleans

Philadelphia

St. Louis

AFC

Baltimore

Indianapolis

New England

San Diego

Wild cards

NFC

Dallas

Carolina

AFC

Pittsburgh

N.Y. Jets

NFC title game

New Orleans over Philadelphia

AFC title game

New England over San Diego

Super Bowl

New Orleans over New England

GEORGE SIPPLE: NO

Appalachian State proved anything is possible, but the Mountaineers have a better shot at winning a rematch with U-M than the Lions have of winning 10 games. The passing game will keep them in a lot of games and Calvin Johnson will have an incredible season. But the Lions won’t make the playoffs.

Will Kitna be Lions’ first Pro Bowl QB since 1971? No

Lions record

6-10

Lions

MVP

Roy Williams

NFC North

1. Chicago

2. Green Bay

3. Detroit

4. Minnesota

Division winners

NFC

Chicago

New Orleans

Dallas

Seattle

AFC

Cincinnati

Indianapolis

New England

San Diego

Wild cards

NFC

Philadelphia

Carolina

AFC

Kansas City

Pittsburgh

NFC title game

New Orleans over Dallas

AFC title game

New England over Indianapolis

Super Bowl

New England over New Orleans

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