Friday, September 23, 2022

Dan Orlovsky reveals why the Lions will make the playoffs this year

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At 1-1, the Detroit Lions still have a long way to go before the team can be called a contender for anything in 2022, but it’s clear the season got off to a solid start.

Detroit’s offense flies high despite some early inconsistencies, and the defense was strong and fighting and went ahead of it. Some of these realities have downright excited people who believe in the team.

ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky is one of those people. Orlovsky has been watching the Lions for the first few weeks of the season and seems more ready than ever to announce the team can keep up the momentum.

Speaking of First take, Orlovsky wasted no time in laying out to Stephen A. Smith the early reasons why the Lions will soon be in the playoffs. As he said, the way defense and offense complement each other is quite inspiring to see.

“That defense leads the NFL in pressure, Aidan Hutchinson was a huge asset. They have a defensive line that chases quarterbacks,” Orlovsky explained. “Number two, I’ll give you a number that’s outrageous after watching this running game. The average NFL yards per carry out for all players who have officiated football is 4.4. The Lions streak an average of 4.6 yards per game before being touched. They average more yards before being touched by a defender than anyone else in the league. Yards per carry, they’re averaging 7.2 yards per carry. That’s the third-highest number in the last 50 years, and this running game isn’t going to change with D’Andre Swift and the big boys.”

As Orlovsky said, the fact that the Lions played well against their first two strong teams should only make people more optimistic.

This isn’t a “we played against trash defenses”. They played the Philadelphia Eagles in week 1 and the Washington Commanders in week 2, who aren’t a garbage unit. The fact that they’re running the football that their defensive line gets after quarterbacks (is encouraging),” he said.

Smith, of course, was more skeptical of the Lions’ hopes, saying it’s been a long time since the team did anything so he won’t jump on the bandwagon just yet.

Regardless, Orlovsky’s opinion seems to prevail within the NFL community. Many people are fascinated by the Lions and excited to see how high their star will rise in the coming months.

As some like Orlovsky seem to think, it should lead to the postseason after this year.

Suddenly, the lions as a team are catching on to a big hype that could cause quite a stir this year. Orlovsky isn’t the only one who thinks so. His ESPN colleague Mike Golic Jr. cheered him on.

As Golic tweeted, he’s ready to back up Orlovsky’s claim that the Lions will make a postseason push this year.

“Damn yes, Dan Orlovsky, Lions into the postseason LFG,” Golic tweeted.

Former soccer players seem to know a thing or two about what makes a good team, which is why it’s interesting that Golic and Orlovsky are aligned here. They obviously appreciate what the Lions are doing.

Detroit’s table is very interesting and if the Lions can keep some momentum, it could be easy to see how they can get things going and generate some positivity.

Detroit plays at home for three of the first four weeks of the season. They started with Philadelphia and Washington before taking on a Minnesota team in 2021 they narrowly lost to on the road. They then return home to face off against a changed Seattle team that has undergone a major makeover this offseason. It’s a friendly way to start the year for Detroit.

Fans may roll their eyes, but there’s a decent chance for the Lions to start 3-1, or at least 2-2, with this home-friendly setup. That could set them up for a solid end to the year after a tough middle shale play out.

In terms of finish, there’s a chance the Lions could use a post-Thanksgiving push to get into playoff contention provided Detroit doesn’t hit through the middle. From Weeks 13-17, the Lions play teams that on paper should have a good chance of beating them before they finish at Lambeau Field. At this stretch, their toughest games could either be against Minnesota at home or the New York Jets on the road.

The finish looks like it could be very favorable for the Lions and play a decisive factor in ending the 2022 season.

After a decent start, some like Orlovsky are already announcing that the Lions will end their six-year post-season drought this season.

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Detroit plays at home for three of the first four weeks of the season. They started with Philadelphia and Washington before taking on a Minnesota team in 2021 they narrowly lost to on the road. They then return home to face off against a changed Seattle team that has undergone a major makeover this offseason. It’s a friendly way to start the year for Detroit.



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