Dan Campbell laid the foundations for a tough football team in his first season, though the Detroit Lions limped to a 3-13-1 record.
After an offseason that saw the Lions improve on both sides of the ball, he’s put his side in a great position to take a step forward.
This optimistic outlook isn’t contained to Motown. Bookmakers appear quietly optimistic too. They tip the Lions as the third-best bet to win the NFC North title at +1000. As well, the win total for the regular season is projected to 6½ with the OVER juiced to -135 as we look at the latest odds with BetUS.
So, will the Lions take a step forward?
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ions for the Detroit Lions. We dive into their NFL schedule, examine the NFL picks, and take into consideration the latest NFL predictions, trades, injury reports, and more before delivering our NFL expert picks.
2022-23 NFL Futures – Detroit Lions
- Super Bowl LVII +15000
- NFC Conference +7500
- NFC North +1000
- Regular Season Win Totals O 6½ (-135) / U 6½ (+105)
Lions Will Go as Far as Goff Takes Them
Arguably, there’s never been a three-win team like the 2021 Detroit Lions. That competed hard for its head coach Dan Campbell every single Sunday, despite the mounting losses.
The losses were never down to a lack of effort, though. Yes, some were embarrassingly lopsided affairs. But six were decided by four or fewer points, including a tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jared Goff’s struggles probably factored in the end result. But, in his defense, one must consider many would have struggled in his situation. Let’s face it, going from one of (if not) the most talented rosters (Los Angeles Rams) to one of the league’s bottom feeders in a blockbuster trade – in which you weren’t the centerpiece – must have been a shock to his system, never mind confidence-sapping.
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Goff is one of few active quarterbacks to have played in a Super Bowl, so there’s some truth in the statement: the Lions will go as far as he takes them. As he looks toward his second campaign, he must feel better about his situation. He has a much better team around him, especially at the wide receiver position which was upgraded to give him more weapons to work with. Put it another way, there will be no excuse for not having a good season.
Detroit Lions Game-by-Game Preview & Predictions
Week 1 vs Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Goff and the Lions will be tested right out of the gates as they look to atone for last season’s 44-6 defeat to the Eagles at Ford Field. If the Lions are to be truly believed, they’ll need to win this one. It’s the first week of the season, so anything can happen.
Week 2 vs. Washington Commanders – Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Wentz-inspired Commanders could be better than most are giving them credit for, but it might take time for Wentz to find his feet with his new team.
Week 3 @ Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Lions would have swept this series had it not been for Vikings kicker Greg Joseph nailing a 54-yard field goal in the dying seconds to steal the 19-17 win at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Lions are better this year whereas the Vikings have a new coaching staff. The Lions could win. The Vikings should win at home. It’s a toss-up.
Week 4 vs Seattle Seahawks – Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Seahawks are predicted to take a major step backward in 2022 after trading Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. If the Lions can’t beat a Geno Smith or Drew Lock-led Seahawks, they’re going to be in trouble.
Week 5 @ New England Patriots – Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
It’s quite possible Belichick won the draft lottery in 2021, picking Mac Jones at No. 15 overall. The former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback led the Patriots into the playoffs in his first season in the NFL and nearly delivered the division title. Jones is working with new offensive coordinator Joe Judge after Josh McDaniels accepted the Raiders head coaching job. There are bound to be some changes, but the kid is serious, hard-working and he instills confidence in those around him.
Week 6 Bye Week
Week 7 @ Dallas Cowboys – Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Could the Lions deliver a statement win, right out of the bye week? Maybe. The Cowboys will be coming off back-to-back road games against the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles (MNF). The Cowboys have taken a step back talent-wise, Dak Prescott can’t do it all and Mike McCarthy does occasionally drop in some head-scratching calls. It’s a lot of its and buts….but it’s not totally beyond the realm of possibility.
Week 8 vs Miami Dolphins – Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The markets are high on the Dolphins overall but widespread opinion holds quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in low regard. These juxtaposing outlooks don’t go together. Something’s gotta give. Thus, the Lions could fancy their chances at home in another surprising upset.
Week 9 vs Green Bay Packers – Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Two words: Aaron Rodgers.
Week 10 @ Chicago Bears – Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Recent trends tip this matchup with the Bears as they’ve gone 7-1 in the last eight meetings with the Lions. That said, the Lions should have at least split this series, but a 16-14 defeat denied them at least one victory last season. If the Lions are genuinely tougher and grittier this year, they should take one (if not both) of these meetings. The Bears didn’t get better in the offseason.
Week 11 @ New York Giants – Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Brian Daboll set the benchmark high after his successful four-year stint in Buffalo. However, he had a lot more talent to work with across the bridge.
Week 12 vs Buffalo Bills – Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, 12:30 p.m. ET
Speaking of the talent across the bridge, the Lions come face-to-face with the highly fancied Bills on Thanksgiving Day at Ford Field. On a short week, no less! The Lions have lost five straight on Turkey Day. Make it six.
Week 13 vs Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Jaguars should be better under Doug Pederson this season, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be reeling off multiple victories. With a long week to prepare for this winnable game, the Lions may well fancy their chances.
Week 14 vs Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
Division games are unpredictable. While the Lions are in a far better position than they were last year when they split this series, the Vikings can’t be underestimated.
Week 15 @ New York Jets – Sunday, Dec.18, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Jets might have been the league’s punching bag for several years, but Robert Saleh is out to change that. The Jets were considered one of the biggest offseason winners as they bolstered their roster. If Zach Wilson raises his level, he could have a solid sophomore season. And this is the kind of matchup one could see the Jets winning.
Week 16 @ Carolina Panthers – Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022, 1 p.m. ET
The Panthers don’t know who their quarterback is right now. Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold are embroiled in a preseason quarterback battle and according to training camp reports, it’s neck-and-neck right now. There are no easy matchups on the road and anything can happen.
Week 17 vs Chicago Bears – Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
Is anybody really buying what the Bears are selling right now?
Week 18 @ Green Bay Packers – Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, TBD
Not to be repetitive, but it bears repeating: Aaron Rodgers. Unless the Packers have sewed up everything there is to sew up before the postseason starts, they’ll have a stake in this game. The frozen tundra of Lambeau Field is an uninviting place.