Now that the NFL season is officially in the books, Detroit Lions fans will count the days until football season begins. After ending the season on a high note, the Lions are, according to DraftKings Sportsbooks, tied in 10th place for the best odds at + 3000, to make it to the 2024 Super Bowl. Ironically enough, it ties into the national hype surrounding Detroit.
However, you consume power rankings, like a grain of salt or live and die by each one, you will find one common thread among them all. Detroit is among the top half of teams.
Offensively, there aren’t many holes to fill on the Lions’ roster, but defense is a different story. After their first winning season since 2017, the Lions will have to rely on getting some game-changers in the draft with two first-round picks. Statistically, the Lions ranked in the bottom tier of nearly every major category on defense, including points allowed per game, in which they were tied for 28th (25.12 points PPG).
The Sporting News: 11th
The Lions deserve to roar up here in the top dozen after their near playoff breakout under Dan Campbell and Brad Holmes. Look for more solid moves that complement their youthful promise, with the only question being how much they trust Jared Goff.
Pro Football Network: 11th
The fighting Dan Campbell’s were a treat to watch this past season. Behind a good offensive line and revamped receiving corps, the Lions’ offense rode an efficient Jared Goff all the way to offensive excellency. With Ben Johnson returning to Detroit, it’s likely we see further offensive success next season.
With two first- and second-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Lions could throw assets at the secondary in what looks to be a strong cornerback class. A slightly improved defense and Year 3 under Campbell could be the best season Detroit has had since joining the NFC North.
If Brad Holmes can continue his ability to draft well, the Lions could go beyond just making noise in the NFC. Instead, they can take the next step towards contention.