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“Dangerous Sleeper Team”: Bold turnaround predicted for Lions 2022

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The Detroit Lions have been the subject of some important predictions ahead of the 2022 season, and at the end of the day most want to know exactly what the team can achieve that will prove to be an improvement.

For some, the idea is as simple as more winnings. But how many more? Finally, the team was assigned a numerical total, and it’s one fans should look forward to if it prevails.

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Bleacher Report recently compiled a list of nine bold predictions for the 2022 season, one of which involved Detroit. The team is said to be a good bet to have its first winning season on the field since 2017.

Writer Maurice Moton compiled a list and was surprisingly optimistic about Detroit. As he said, the team’s improved offense and defense could set them up for a big turnaround.

In particular, Moton highlighted the team’s additions in DJ Chark and Jameson Williams, who he says can add explosiveness to the offense. Additionally, Moton likes the fit of the team’s rookie lineman in terms of pass rush.

“The Lions can win high-scoring matchups and beat their opponents in the trenches, making them a dangerous sleeper team in 2022. You are +290 to finish with a win record. Roll the dice on this squad,” concluded Moton.

In 2017, the Lions went 9-7 but missed the postseason. They fired Jim Caldwell in favor of Matt Patricia and hope for more wins but it never materialized. Instead, the Lions won a total of 14 games over three seasons under Patricia. In 2021, they went 3-13-1 amid a rebuild.

The hope now is that Detroit can turn the corner in terms of wins, but of course that’s also an expectation for some.

A beefed-up roster has the Lions primed for a turnaround thanks to added depth. Detroit’s work started early, beginning with the signing of several internal free agents. Before free agency took off and peaked, the Lions had brought back names like wideouts Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds, safety Tracy Walker, defenseman Charles Harris and linebacker Alex Anzalone. In terms of outside spending, Detroit didn’t do much, adding on offense 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 came up, the Lions stuck to the plan too. They’ve got lucky enough to land Michigan’s powerful Aidan Hutchinson, who will be a good slam dunk for defense. The Lions then traded for full-back Jameson Williams, who was supposed to add a dynamic element to their offense. Day two brought further defensive help to the team with the bold and elegant Josh Paschal. Super athletic safetyman Kirby Joseph ended the day on lap three and should quickly be in contention for a role as a needy defender at the Motor City. On day three, the Lions added James Mitchell, a tight end from Virginia Tech, Malcolm Rodriguez, an Oklahoma State linebacker, and James Houston, a Jackson State linebacker. Chase Lucas, a cornerback from Arizona State, was the team’s final pick.

Freehand and draft, the Lions look like they have the makings of a much better team. It’s one that many see as poised to make a winning move forward on the field in terms of results.

If the Lions can double or even triple their overall wins starting in 2021, it would have to be considered a big win for the franchise at this stage in their rebuild. The team has struggled to win games in recent years, and the fact that the Lions have amassed a 3-13-1 record in a losing season is remarkable for 2021. This year, it feels like they can the Lions seven or seven win eight wins at best, which could put them in the playoffs. That would be a big turnaround given the recent past and could leave the Lions in fine form in the midst of their rebuild.

A winning season could help ensure the Lions are in great shape going forward. Whether it would get them into the playoffs is unclear, but at least just getting back on the right side of the victory column no matter what would be a great start for the franchise.

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