“This is our year.” Lions fans have been telling themselves that every year since 1957. This organization had a terrible 2021 season on paper. But there is actually some momentum for a team that went 3-13-1 last year and provide a positive vibe for the Detroit Lions 2022 outlook. They ended the season 3-3 over their final 6 games and lost an additional 5 games by less than a touchdown. The Lions showed some pride last season in Dan Campbell’s first season in charge, making the Detroit Lions 2022 preview interesting.
The Lions, for all of their ineptitude, seem like they know their identity and can play into that. The offensive line is good, very good. They’re probably not the best line in the league, but an argument can be made that they’re top 3. D’Andre Swift is a top 10 running back in the league. His stats might not back that up because of the way most Lions games went last year. They got down big, and they got down early. It’s really difficult to run the ball when you’re down 2 scores after the 1st quarter. Offensively this what the Lions want to do; run the ball.
Defensively the Lions were not very good in 2021. They were bottom ten in the league in total yards per game, rushing yards per game, and passing yards per game. More categories where the Lions defense ranked bottom 10 include sacks, interceptions, forced fumbles, and turnovers. The defense needed to be addressed ahead of the 2022 season.
Dan Campbell enters his second year as Lions coach. The “rah-rah” style of coaching worked for Dan last season. However, if the Lions are slow out of the gates, and it’s another season that looks like it’s over before it started, could Lions players start to tune him out? Let’s look at the Detroit Lions 2022 outlook.