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Detroit Lions 2022-23 season preview: Will Detroit's disaster end?

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29th June, 2022
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After existing in irrelevancy and failure for as long as we can remember, there is genuine light at the end of the Detroit Lions’ tunnel!

Strength
When Detroit hired head coach Dan Campbell, it was clear what he wanted to do: build through the lines. The Lions on paper shape to be one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Frank Ragnow is one of the best centres in the league, second-year pro Penei Sewell has the tools to be an All-Pro calibre player and Taylor Decker has been solid as a rock. Campbell has seriously conceded at building from the inside out.

Weakness
The Lions struggled in many areas last season, but the stat that sticks out was the massive 7.2 yards conceded per passing attempt, ranking dead last in the NFL. This is a real area of concern and considering they drafted Jeff Okudah third overall in 2020, it is something they have been actively trying to fix. Unfortunately for all parties, Okudah tore his achilles last season, can he make a difference this season?

Player to watch
My favourite player in the NFL draft is Jameson Williams, the wide receiver from Alabama. The Lions moved up with division rival Minnesota Vikings to draft Williams, despite him rehabbing from a torn ACL in January. He has speed you can’t teach and an ability to turn any pass into a touchdown. I’m not sure when he will get on the field despite positive reports about his rehab but keep an eye out for him when he does because the kid will be a genuine difference-maker.

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Who’s under pressure?
For someone who is about to get paid $31 million this season, Jared Goff needs to be a lot better than he was last season. It was always going to be a risk taking him in the Matthew Stafford trade, but 3,245 yards 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions aren’t numbers to excite anyone. With a better group of weapons around him and the offensive line I discussed earlier, if he can’t produce this season he is never going to.

Projection
There is a lot of excitement around the Lions for the first time in a long time which is awesome to see as a neutral. But we need to keep our expectations tempered considering their secondary is still an area of concern and the quarterback-play, despite upgraded weapons, is still questionable at best.

Considering their history, it would be cool to see Detroit make a playoff run but I don’t think it’s this season.

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Win-loss: 5-12

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