NFL: NFC Wild Card-Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks
January 7, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) runs the ball against the defense of Detroit Lions defensive end Devin Taylor (98) and free safety Glover Quin (27) during the first half in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2016 was an interesting season, to say the least for the Detroit Lions. After an awful start, fans were calling for the heads of the coaching staff, and all looked lost. But, as we know, things turned around quickly and the Lions started winning football games and took over first place in the NFC North. Then, reality hit as they lost their final three regular-season games, including a Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers for all the marbles.

Despite finishing the season 9-7 and making the playoffs, the Lions have a plethora of glaring issues that must be addressed before the 2017 season begins.

Here is a list of 5 positions the Detroit Lions must improve to win big in 2017, from least important to most important. As you will see, four of the five biggest needs are on the defensive side of the football.

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