Detroit Lions: 5 bold predictions for the 2020 season

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Predicting what might go down for the Detroit Lions for the rest of 2020

Last season clearly didn’t go as planned for the Detroit Lions.  And this season hasn’t started much better.

The Lions finished 3-12-1 in 2019. They were one of the worst teams in the NFL defensively and were hampered by injuries. The Lions and their fans were hoping for different results in 2020.

There’s still optimism for a turnaround season for many reasons. For one, quarterback Matthew Stafford is back and healthy. When he missed eight games last year, it showed how important he is to the team as the Lions didn’t win a game without him under center.

Stafford has returned and so have his various weapons, with an addition or two in the backfield. The Lions have wide receivers Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola, tight end T.J. Hockenson and running backs Kerryon Johnson, Adrian Peterson, and D’Andre Swift. When Stafford was on the field last year, the offense was among the better ones in the league.

The defense has been somewhat revamped with veteran additions like linebacker Jamie Collins Sr, safety Duron Harmon, and cornerback Desmond Trufant. And their first-round pick in cornerback Jeff Okudah should factor into the defense sometime soon. They also hired a new defensive coordinator in Corey Undlin. The team certainly hopes that Undlin will help fix their defensive woes.

With the 2020 football season now officially underway, here are five bold predictions for what I believe will happen for the Detroit Lions in an unusual year.