DETROIT, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 31: Head coach Dan Campbell of the Detroit Lions looks on during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field on October 31, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

I know it’s May and football season is a ways away, but I love football so much that I keep up with it during the off season, as well. I don’t know what it is about the sport, but I can sit back and watch any football game and somehow get sucked in!

When it comes to the Detroit Lions, one NFL analyst is speculating that the Detroit Lions could be a “sleeper team” to win the NFC North. You’ve got my attention with that prediction!

“Detroit has the fifth-easiest schedule in terms of opponent’s 2021 winning percentage, with only the four teams making up the NFC East ranking below them,” Sports Illustrated notes in a new article. “Coincidentally, the Lions will play all four of those squads in 2022. With the slate looking the way it does, fans and pundits alike are optimistic about what Dan Campbell’s second season as head coach could look like for the Lions.”

During an appearance on the Bill Simmons Podcast, analyst Warren Sharp said he thought Detroit could possibly win the NFC North Division in 2022.

“I think one team that’s interesting, although this would be a major longshot and basically you’re needing something to fall apart with the (Green Bay) Packers’ early schedule here, and that could potentially be the Detroit Lions coming out of nowhere,” Sharp said (via Sports Illustrated). Later in the interview, Sharp added, “We know that I really like their rest advantage, they also have the fifth-easiest schedule based upon who they play this season. They’re a team, look, with the Lions you wanna swing big with these guys. Either you don’t want to back them or you want to back them to have a really turnaround season.”

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