2022 Detroit Lions Predictions with Odds to Win Super Bowl
In the first season with Dan Campbell as the Head Coach and Jared Goff as the starting quarterback, the Lions did not produce the results they hoped. The franchise ended with a record of 3-13-1, which resulted in them securing the second overall pick in the draft. The Lions added Aiden Hutchinson with the pick, and he was expected to be the top overall pick for quite some time and grew up in the Detroit area. Despite the poor record in 2021, the Lions showed good fight and kept themselves within nearly all games. Eight of their 13 losses were by 10 or fewer points. While there are no moral victories in sports, it does indicate the Lions may not be as far off as it may seem.
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The Lions will begin the 2022 season with back-to-back home games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Commanders. Detroit will then travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings in Week 3. They will return home to face the Seahawks before traveling to New England to play the Patriots. The Lions have an early bye week as they will take off Week 6. The Lions will face off with the Cowboys in Dallas following the bye week before returning for back-to-back home games against the Dolphins and Packers. They then will hit the road for matchups against the Bears and Giants. Detroit will then return to Ford Field for three straight home games against the Bills, Jaguars, and Vikings. The Lions then have two straight road games against the Jets and Panthers in Weeks 15 and 16. Detroit will finish off the season with back-to-back divisional matchups at home against the Bears and then in Green Bay against the Packers.
The Lions hold +15000 odds to win the Super Bowl, which is tied for the second-longest odds across the NFL. They are +7000 to win the NFC and +1000 to win the NFC North. The season over/under is set at 6.5 games, and they are +400 to make the playoffs.
Key Players: Jared Goff, De’Andre Swift
The story heading into the season was the trade for Goff. After 12 years with the organization, Matt Stafford was traded to the Rams and secured a Super Bowl victory. In his first season as the Lions QB, Goff recorded a 67.2% completion percentage, threw for 3,245 yards, and had 19 touchdowns on the season. It was a well-balanced passing attack, with Amon-Ra St. Brown leading the team in receiving yards with 912 in his rookie year. Detroit also added WR DJ Chark this offseason, and he is set to be a solid addition to the offense. De’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams each ran for over 600 yards on the ground as well.
The offense still must take some steps forward this year. The Lions ranked 25th in the NFL in points and 22nd in yards in 2021. They were 16th in the NFL in passing touchdowns and 18th in passing yards. The offensive line made some notable improvements, which is exciting, but the production from the rest of the team must follow.
Key Players: Aiden Hutchinson, Jeff Okudah
The Lions have continued to add a nice collection of young players on defense. They added three defensive players in the first three rounds this year and spent the third overall pick in 2020 on Jeff Okudah. They also added safety DeShon Elliott, cornerback Mike Hughes, and linebacker Chris Board in free agency.
Detroit will need to see more production on the defensive side of the ball this year. The franchise ranked 31st in points allowed and 29th in total yards allowed. Both the run and pass defense left a lot to be desired, as the Lions were 24th in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 28th in rushing yards allowed. Detroit also was 22nd in the NFL in defensive turnover percentage.
The pieces are beginning to be established, but there needs to be more production from the Lions defense. They will hope for Hutchinson to set the tone and make an impact immediately this season.
The Lions have shown signs of progress but still have a long way to go. They are a longshot to make the playoffs for good reason. Taking the under 6.5 wins seems like the best way to bet this team. Detroit has been unable to win more than 6 games since the 2017 season and still have some notable holes on the team. Campbell is doing a solid job attempting to turn around the franchise, but this year still will be one focused on development. Expect them to compete hard but fall short of producing the necessary wins that they are hoping for.
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