DETROIT, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 17: Head Coach Dan Campbell of the Detroit Lions jogs off the field after the 34-11 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field on October 17, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Sure, the Detroit Lions had the second-worst record in the NFL last year (3-13-1), but wasn’t it an incredible feeling when we finally won some games at the end of the season? Seriously, I celebrated like we won the Super Bowl after those games.

Football analysts are giving lots of love to the Lions during the offseason. It’s nice, but I don’t want to get my hopes up. In his post-draft NFL power rankings, Peter King is showing that he thinks the 2022 Detroit Lions team could be strong. In King’s rankings, the Lions are at No. 20. Not too shabby, especially considering the last season. King goes on to call the Lions “one of the most interesting teams in football.”

Here’s King’s full passage about the Lions:

I did some reporting on the Lions in Detroit this month, and I’m higher on them than most. Consider how hard they played in a disastrous rookie year of coach Dan Campbell, and how, despite winning only three games, they were 11-6 against the spread, indicative of a team outperforming expectations. Consider a schedule that includes eight games against the NFL’s netherworld (Giants, Jets, Carolina, Jacksonville, Washington, Seattle, Chicago, Chicago). Consider a team that entered December winless and finished 3-3, though the last one was against the Pack playing out the string. “There’s a lot of reasons for us to be very optimistic,” Jared Goff told me this month, “and I can tell you the guys in the locker room are feeling good about our chances.” Of course, it’s Goff who has to be more productive for the Lions to play meaningful December football, and to stave off the team looking for a new quarterback in 2023. This is one of the most interesting teams in football—and, their starved fans hope, for the right reasons.

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