The Detroit Lions will almost surely win more games in 2022, but one analyst went a little bit further in a prediction.
The Detroit Lions simply couldn’t recuperate from an 11-game winless start last season. But things looked higher down the stretch, on the technique to three wins of their last six games, and things are looking up heading into the 2022 season.
It’s prone to be 2023 before the Lions make real hay toward a playoff spot and play meaningful games deep in December. Nevertheless, Adam Schein thinks they might stick within the Wild Card race until Thanksgiving this season and that may be an accomplishment itself.
Jim Trotter of NFL Media named five NFL teams who will improve essentially the most in wins this yr. No. 1, the Denver Broncos, higher have that sort of improvement (six wins by Trotter’s estimation) after acquiring Russell Wilson this offseason.
The Lions landed at No. 2 on Trotter’s list, with an improvement of 5 wins over 2021.
They were winless through 11 games but finished 3-3 down the stretch. That, as much as anything, speaks to optimism for them taking a large stride toward relevancy. Dan Campbell instilled a culture of competitive character in his first season, meaning the Lions continued to play hard even when there was nothing to play for. That may sound like a cliché, but it surely’s proven to be the muse on which turnarounds are built.
The Lions haven’t had a winning season since 2017, but don’t be shocked in the event that they make a run at ending that streak.
Could the Detroit Lions end their drought of winning seasons?
As Trotter noted the Lions haven’t had a winning season since 2017, once they went 9-7 in Jim Caldwell’s final season as head coach. Then the “Patriot Way” fully descended on Detroit when Matt Patricia was hired, and things went off the rails–from 6-10 (2018) to 3-12-1 (2019) to 5-11 (2020).
Many predictions for the Lions this yr have landed within the eight or nine-win range with a better schedule all the way in which around. So that they are in line to make a run at ending that four-season drought with out a winning campaign. It appears like longer than that though, doesn’t it?