The Detroit Lions aren't the most highly-valued NFL franchise in the league, in terms of worth in dollars, but they do have some things going for them that helped raise their value 1 percent from last year.
The Lions are valued at $855 million, according to Forbes Magazine's NFL team value list released Wednesday.
Going 10-6 with some exciting players like Matthew Stafford and Calvin "Megatron" Johnson and Ndamukong Suh certainly helped raise the Lions' profile in Motown. The Lions, owned by William Clay Ford, are 27th on the list of 32 teams, one spot behind the Cincinnati Bengals, who were the only team to lose money in 2011.
The Dallas Cowboys, who open the season Wednesday in New York, are the highest valued team in the NFL, at $2.1 billion. Dallas is the only team worth more than $2 billion.