The Detroit Lions have had a few major predictions ahead of the 2022 season, and ultimately most want to know precisely what the team can accomplish that will result in improvement.
For some, the idea is as simple as more wins. But how many others? Finally, a numerical total has been placed in the squad, and it’s one that fans should be thrilled about if it pans out.
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Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton put together a list of nine bold predictions for the 2022 season, and one of them involved Detroit, which Moton is surprisingly optimistic about. The team was said to be a good bet to have their first winning season on the pitch since 2017.
Specifically, Moton pointed to the team’s new additions in DJ Chark and Jameson Williams, who he believes can make the offense more explosive. Additionally, Moton likes the team’s rookie lineman form in terms of pass rush.
“The Lions can win high-scoring games and beat their opponents in the trenches, making them a dangerous sleeper team in 2022. They have +290 to finish with a winning record. Roll the dice on this team,” Moton concluded.
In 2017, the Lions went 9-7 but missed the playoffs. They fired Jim Caldwell in favor of Matt Patricia and the hope of earning more, but that never materialized. Instead, the Lions won a grand total of 14 games under Patricia in three seasons. In 2021 amid a rebuild, they went 3-13-1.
The hope now is that Detroit can turn the corner in terms of wins, but that’s clearly also an expectation for some.
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Detroit’s work started early, and it began by re-signing several inside free agents. Before free agency kicked off and came to a head, the Lions had brought back names like wide Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds, safety Tracy Walker, defensive lineman Charles Harris and linebacker Alex Anzalone.
In terms of outside spending, Detroit didn’t do much, adding offensive DJ Chark and linebackers Chris Board and Jarrad Davis, safety DeShon Elliott and cornerback Mike Hughes. All are underrated players who could fly under the radar for the Lions in 2022.
When the draft rolled around, the Lions also went through with the plan. They landed Michigan’s strong Aidan Hutchinson in a fluke, which will be a worthy slam-dunk on the defense. After that, the Lions traded for wide Jameson Williams, who should add a dynamic element to their offense.
Day two brought the team more defensive help with the brave and elegant Josh Paschal. Super athletic safety Kirby Joseph closed out the day in the third round and is expected to fight quickly for a role in the Motor City on a needy defense.
On Day 3, the Lions added James Mitchell, a tight end from Virginia Tech, Malcolm Rodriguez, a linebacker from Oklahoma State, and James Houston, a linebacker from Jackson State. Chase Lucas, an Arizona State cornerback, was the team’s final selection.
In free agency and the draft, the Lions seem to have the makings of a much better team. He’s the one many see as ready to take a winning step forward on the pitch in terms of results.
What a better season would look like for the Lions
If the Lions are able to double or even triple their win total from 2021, that should be considered a huge win for the franchise at this point in their rebuild. The team has struggled to win games in recent years, and the fact that the Lions broke a 3-13-1 record in a losing season is notable for 2021.
This year, it looks like the Lions can pull off seven or eight wins at best, which could leave them in contention for the playoffs. It would be a big turnaround based on what the recent past has looked like and could leave the Lions in good shape right in the middle of their rebuild.
A winning season could help position the Lions to be in top form going forward. It’s unclear if that would get them into the playoffs, but at the very least it would be a great start for the franchise just to be on the right side of the win column again no matter what.
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