The Detroit Lions come into this season hoping to improve on their 11-5 record from last year and to hopefully do better than just being a wild card team but they could have a tall task ahead of them as there has been a great amount of improvement across the NFC North and they have had plenty of their own roster turnover to deal with.
Preview: Offensively the Lions have been very good over the last several seasons with Matthew Stafford throwing the ball down the field to Calvin Johnson but it is pretty clear that they are going to have to expand on this offense and find some more depth especially if Stafford cannot do something about his interception issues. The RB situation looks good but not great for the Lions this season as Reggie Bush is gone but solid inside runner Joique Bell is still there and second round draft selection Ameer Abdullah is expected to be able to contribute right away. Calvin Johnson has been one of the best receivers in the league for several years but now at 30 years old is starting to show some signs of aging and the hope is that Golden Tate can stay healthy and help take some of the load off Johnson.
Defense was a definite strength for the Lions last season but due to some major departures. Detroit’s defensive line is going to look completely different this season as Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are both gone which is going to drastically lessen the once scary pass rush of the Lions. Having Stephon Tulloch back from his torn ACL is really going to help the LB corps and the overall defense and the Lion’s solid secondary is expected to improve as they have added depth and some young talent.
Projected Record: 8-8