When Lions coach Jim Schwartz was the defensive coordinator in Tennessee, he used to tell me all the time: In the NFL sometimes the best, and smartest, thing you can be is boring. What he meant by that was everyone wants flash -- TD bombs, nasty sacks, high-scoring games and non-stop locker room chatter -- but in a league with so much competitive balance, where one or two mistakes will cost you most games, the best teams are usually the most boring.
1dDon Van Natta Jr.
8hJoshua Wye and Joshua Wootton
4hBy Sharon Katz
3dPhotography by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz and Cassandra Giraldo