NFC North power rankings after final week of preseason

How confident should Lions fans feel heading into the regular season?
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2. Detroit Lions

The Lions have been a hard team to judge throughout the preseason, considering we haven't seen a whole lot of their best players. Still, going off of what we saw last season and some of the positives we've seen throughout the preseason in other players, we can only assume that Detroit is still firmly in contention for a division crown this year.

When we finally get to see an entire game of Jared Goff, David Montgomery, Jahmyr Gibbs, Amon-Ra St. Brown and company, I'm sure fans are going to enjoy the points put up. The Lions should not have a problem scoring, especially with the new and exciting duo at running back. Plus, the addition of rookie tight end Sam LaPorta should prove to be underrated.

Defensively, though, Lions fans have seen great competition, especially up front. Detroit's ability to rush the passer, outside of Aidan Hutchinson, looks to be very solid. This is what's going to make the Lions a dangerous football team. It will all start up front with the physical brand of football Dan Campbell has instilled here.

That front seven, and specifically the pass rushers, are going to make all the difference when the regular season comes into full swing.