In order to look ahead and try to make predictions about the season ahead, you have to look a little into the past. For the Detroit Lions, looking backward makes for some depressing reading, as this is a team that has not been in the playoffs since 2016. They are also coming off a 3-13-1 season under new head coach Dan Campbell, who will be hoping for a whole lot better in his second full season in charge. No one is expecting the Lions to suddenly be in the playoffs after such a long absence, but there is a belief that this team can be better this season. The bookies certainly seem to think so, as they have the Lions win total for the 2022 season set at 6 ½. On paper, this team looks to have improved, but since we don’t play games on paper, let’s see if there is some reason for optimism. Let’s get right to it so you can bet against their NFL Lines.
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Lions Win Total and 2022 Schedule
For a team looking to improve and build some confidence, winning early is always a good thing. The Lions open up the season with a tough outing against the Eagles, but at least they are at home, so perhaps a shot at an upset. Week 2 at home to the Washington Commanders looks like a much more winnable game for Detroit.
A road game against Minnesota looks like a loss, but back ay home to the Seahawks in Week 4 is another game that is there for the taking. They then have back-to-back road games against the Patriots and Cowboys, both tough, before closing out October at home to the Dolphins. With a little bit of luck, the Lions could have 3 wins under their belts by this stage of the season.
November begins with a home game against the Packers, after which it’s on the road to face the Bears, another team set to struggle this season. That is followed by a road game against the Jaguars, with the Lions having a real shot at back-to-back wins, even with both of those games being played away from home. They close out November at home to the Bills, will looks like a sure loss.
December has 4 games, 3 of which the Lions will feel that they can win. The Vikings at home is a tough one, but they also have home games against the Jaguars and Jets, as well as a road trip to face the Panthers.
They close out the year at home to the Bears and away to the Packers, who might well be resting some top talent ahead of the start of the playoffs.
Will the Lions Improve?
With just 3 wins last season, beating that number should not be a huge mountain to climb for the Detroit Lions. You look at that schedule and see a number of games that they should be getting the W out of. Yes, there are some tough trips in there, too, but the Lions have an opportunity to easily put together 6 or 7 wins this season. That is still well out of playoff range, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.