After a disastrous 2018 season, the Detroit Lions offense is reloaded and ready to compete in 2019. But can they win the NFC North title?
The Detroit Lions should be much improved after a dismal 2018 season. Detroit has brought in new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and added some talent in key positions ahead of the 2019 season.
The tight end room has been revamped with the signing of free agent Jesse James, who formally played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Detroit also reeled in the most complete tight end of the 2019 NFL Draft, Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson.
The running backs room has also seen some reworking in 2019. LeGarrette Blount is no longer in the Motor City and has been replaced by free agent running back, C.J. Anderson. Anderson is much like Blount in his aggressive running-style, but he is younger and a bit fresher. C.J. should prove to be effective in Detroit’s backfield.
Detroit lost wide receiver Golden Tate last season at the trade deadline and couldn’t find a viable replacement, which in turn really hurt the offense … a lot. For the 2019 season, the Lions have brought in a savvy veteran slot receiver in Danny Amendola to fill that void. While Amendola isn’t quite the receiver of Tate, Danny is very intelligent and even more importantly, very reliable. He should do well in Detroit with quarterback Matthew Stafford at the helm.
Detroit suffered through many injuries in 2018, one of which was to Stafford. It was reported that the veteran passer played through last season with a broken back, which obviously contributed to what may have been the worst year in his NFL career.
With a healthy Matthew Stafford and reloaded offense, expect the unexpected. The Detroit Lions are still learning this new offense. But make no mistake, Detroit will make some noise this season. Lions fans should be excited. Paired with what should be one of the top defenses in the league, the Pride could be destined to win the NFC North title sooner rather than later.