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Lions Fans Won't Like ESPN's Early 2022 NFL Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
Detroit Lions fans won't like ESPN's early 2022 NFL power rankings.
Detroit Lions fans won't like ESPN's early 2022 NFL power rankings. / Nic Antaya/GettyImages

Detroit Lions fans have had it rough to say the least. The franchise hasn't won a playoff game since 1991 and seems to be in constant rebuild year after year. Head coach Dan Campbell is changing things in Detroit, but the Lions still check in near the bottom of ESPN's early 2022 power rankings.

Lions Power Rankings

The Lions find themselves ranked at No. 30, which is the lowest positioning of any NFC squad. That shouldn't come as a shock given Detroit couldn't stop a single opponent from making their way up and down the field this past season. The team allowed 379.8 total yards per game (No. 29 in NFL).

On the bright side, the offense showed potential, especially in wins over the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Jared Goff finished the season with a career-high 67.2% completion percentage and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown posted 973 yards from scrimmage as a rookie.

Everything lines up for Detroit to have a strong offseason, too. The Lions have over $21 million in projected cap space to lure in free agents and own two first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Adding Kayvon Thibodeaux or Aidan Hutchinson to the mix would greatly improve the defensive line.

It may not be a quick turnaround, but the Lions are getting better step by step. It'll be interesting to see what happens in Campbell's second year with a roster full of determined players. For now, Detroit remains a long shot to win Super Bowl 57 with odds set at +10000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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