2. Detroit Lions
- Final record: 8-9
- Division record: 4-2
The Lions are in an unusual position. The pressure is on Dan Campbell's team after "winning" the offseason. Often the underdogs and loveable losers, they now enter the season as favorites to win the division.
And understandably so. The Lions were excellent in the second half of last year, winning eight of their final 10 games.
This offseason, the Lions brought in much-needed reinforcements on defense, drafting linebacker Jack Campbell and safety Brian Branch while signing cornerbacks Emmanuel Moseley and Cameron Sutton and safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson.
Offensively, the Lions have a top-five offensive line, star receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, and a new-look running back room led by rookie Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery.
But the Lions still have a lot to prove. Can Jared Goff replicate last season's performances? Can this Lions team take the next step?
While Detroit should be much better defensively, there is still a lot of work to be done.
The Lions have a roster good enough to win double-digit games and make a playoff run, but everything has to go their way. Another inconsistent season could be on the way. We have the Lions just missing out on the division title, but they could make the postseason via a wild-card berth.