The 2022 NFL preseason is rapidly approaching, with team practices growing more intense by the day. Coming off an offseason for the ages that changed not only the complexion of individual teams but both the AFC and NFC as a whole. Many things will look quite different from a season ago. It’s the perfect time for the fourth annual edition of Three Burning Questions. As in years past, this 32-part series will look at the three most pressing questions facing each of the 32 teams. Here are the Three Burning Questions for the Detroit Lions.
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Will They Finally Have an Air Attack?
Jared Goff is now a season removed from the trade that brought him to Motown and sent Matthew Stafford to Los Angeles. Goff struggled while Stafford won the Super Bowl. The Lions are sticking with Goff to lead their offense. They also added depth to his receiving corp. They signed former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver DJ Chark and drafted Alabama receiver Jameson Williams with the No. 12 overall pick. If the offensive line can give their quarterback time, there are big plays to be had. This season will go a long way to determining the future of Goff with the organization and he is fully aware of that.
Can the Defense Stand Tall?
The unit finished toward the bottom in all defensive categories last season. No. 2 overall pick out of Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, will instantly make the Lions’ front better. 2020 third overall pick Jeff Okudah ended both of his first two NFL seasons on injured reserve, missing almost all of last season. Former Baltimore Ravens safety DeShon Elliott along with former Kansas City Chiefs nickel cornerback Mike Hughes were added to the defense in the offseason. This unit should be much better than last season by leaps and bounds.
A New Season, Same Result?
The Lions have been the laughing stock of the league for decades, having been selected in the top five in the draft more times than any other team. But under first-time head coach Dan Campbell last season, they were in almost every game despite their 3-13-1 season record. His not being afraid to take chances, like going for two and the win instead of one and forcing overtime cost them possibly three or four more wins. While the room for improvement for a three-win team is easy to accomplish, with Campbell, and coordinator Aaron Glenn at the helm, and if Campbell’s risky decisions pay off, this team could finish around the .500 mark. For most teams that would be tallied as a bad season, but in Detroit, it will be a much-needed change, but the league’s longest playoff drought will continue.
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