2019 Lions Season Preview & NFL Futures Lines
Looking for 2019 Detroit Lions predictions? This is where you need to be. There’s a new man under center in Detroit after the Lions drafted quarterback David Blough out of Purdue. Just kidding. Matthew Stafford will be starting in his 11th season in the motor city, looking to improve from last year’s 6-10 mark.
Stafford will have some new faces on offense in 2019. Will they be enough for the Lions to contend in the NFC North?
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2019 Detroit Lions Predictions: Roster Changes
One of those new weapons will be WR Danny Amendola who signed after playing in Miami last season. Detroit was also able to fill a hole in the backfield, picking up RB C.J. Anderson from the Los Angeles Rams.
The defensive side of the ball should also improve for Detroit in 2019 with the addition of CB Rashaam Melvin. The Lions used the draft to select TE T.J. Hockenson from Iowa and LB Jahlani Tavai from Hawaii, both who will be expected to make some noise their rookie seasons.
2019 Detroit Lions Predictions: Offense
Detroit finished last season with the 25th overall offense in the league. They were ranked 20th through the air with an average of 223.5 passing yards per game while finding the endzone 22 times.
As rough as that sounds, the running game wasn’t much better, finishing at 23rd in the NFL. Detroit’s running backs galloped for 103.8 yards per contest, crossing the goal line just 11 times.
I don’t see things getting too much better in 2019. Yes, the additions of Anderson and Amendola will help. That being said, Detroit plays six divisional games in the NFC North, a division full of hard-hitting defensive units.
In 2018, the Lion’s leading rusher only ran the ball for 641 yards. While I expect that to improve this season, I don’t see Detroit having a rusher surpass 1,000 yards.
Stafford will throw the ball more than his 3,777 yards in 2018. With Kenny Golladay and Amendola as his top targets, I can see him easily throwing for 4,200 yards. That being said, I don’t think it will be enough to find the win column too many times.
2019 Detroit Lions Predictions: Defense
The Lions did have a well above average defense last year. They were eighth in the league against the pass, holding opponents to just 224.9 yards per game. That being said, they gave up 29 touchdowns through the air.
Detroit was 10th in the league against the run, allowing just 110 yards per contest with 11 scores.
They added some depth on defense in the draft, finding solid rotation players on the defensive line and secondary. I expect the defensive squad to be tougher this year, but I don’t know if they’ll be solid enough to finish four quarters every week.
If they can keep their opponents under 24 points a contest, they might be able to score enough to win a few games.
2019 Detroit Lions Handicapping: (Strengths/Weaknesses)
It’s hard to pick a strength for this team, but I would have to say the secondary before things get started. It was difficult to move the ball through the air against the Lions in 2018 and I think their numbers will be even better this year.
As far as weakness is concerned, I’m going to have to go with the running game. The leading rusher had just 641 yards last season. That has to improve. While C.J. Anderson is definitely a big body that will help, he won’t have the offensive line he had in Los Angeles a year ago. That’s going to catch up to him.
2019 Detroit Lions Prediction (Final Record): 6-10
The Lions have six tough divisional games this year. I think they’ll be lucky to win one later in the year if the Packers or Bears have a good seed already wrapped up. They also play the AFC West and NFC East. I could see Detroit taking four of those eight games.
They also play Kansas City and Tampa Bay. I can see the Lions coming out on top against the Bucs.
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