6 reasons why the Lions will make the playoffs in 2020

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
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Here are six reasons we believe the 2020 Detroit Lions could be playoff-bound

For many outside the Pride faithful, the 2020 Detroit Lions are a lost cause. While optimism runs sky-high for most NFL teams at this point of the year, the Lions haven’t had much to cheer about over the past two seasons.

In fact, the last time many seemed truly excited by Detroit’s potential was back in 2018. Coming off a 9-7 season where the Lions just missed the playoffs, the team abruptly fired head coach Jim Caldwell. That was despite a four-year run the resulted in three winning seasons and two playoff berths.

In his place, general manager Bob Quinn brought in “his guy”. A longtime member of the New England Patriots’ organization, Quinn dipped into his roots to hired Matt Patricia. A heralded defensive guru, Patricia help to lead the Patriots to six-straight conference championship games and two Super Bowl titles during his six-year run as defensive coordinator.

Patricia was viewed as the man who would get the Lions over the postseason hump and lead Detroit to its first playoff victory since the 1991 season. At the very least, he’d improve the defense that ranked a lowly 27th the year prior.

Yet, two years later, the Lions have only been able to scrape together nine total wins. And Detroit’s defense was one of the worst in the NFL last season.

But we believe there’s hope for the upcoming 2020 season. Here are six reasons why we believe the Detroit Lions could be playoff-bound once again this year.