The preseason games are a wrap and we are just five days away from watching our Detroit Lions in the 2022 regular season.
Prior to each season, we release our bold predictions, and they are generally very positive, which means we have not been correct very often.
That being said, this year is going to be different, right?!?!
7 Bold Predictions for the 2022 Detroit Lions
(At least) Triple their win total from a year ago
During the 2021 season, the Detroit Lions went 3-13-1, which earned them the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Though having a high draft pick is fun at the time, it is not exactly something to shoot for and the hope is that the Lions won’t be picking that high for a very long time. My first bold prediction is that the Lions will at least triple their win total from a season ago. For those of you who don’t do math, that means they will win a minimum of nine games in 2022. (No, I am not counting the tie as a half of a win for last season!)
Amon-Ra St. Brown will take a step back in terms of production
Before you freak out and call me a hater, hear me out. Yes, Amon-Ra St. Brown had 90 catches for over 900 yards as a rookie but a big chunk of those came when he was the No. 1 weapon on the offense. With a healthy T.J. Hockenson and D’Andre Swift, not to mention adding DJ Chark and eventually Jameson Williams to the mix, I don’t anticipate St. Brown hitting 90 catches in 2022. My guess is that he will catch 80-85 passes but will still be a VERY important piece to the puzzle.
Two offensive linemen make the Pro Bowl
If the Detroit Lions are going to have a solid season in 2022, they are going to need their offense to play well on a regular basis. And for the offense to play well on a regular basis, the offensive line is going to have to live up to the hype. Depending on where you look (ignore the crap that was recently posted on ESPN), the offensive line could be a top-five unit in the NFL. Personally, I am very excited to watch the offensive line do their thing and I think both Frank Ragnow and Penei Sewell will land in the Pro Bowl.
Jared Goff will have a career year
This is one that I have been talking about ever since the 2021 season came to an end. I believe that Jared Goff will have a career year when it comes to passing yards. Goff has a solid offensive line and weapons all over the field so he will have plenty of options whenever he takes the field. I will go with 4,700 yards and 33 touchdowns for Goff in 2022.
Aidan Hutchinson hits double-digit sacks as a rookie
With the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected Aidan Hutchinson out of Michigan. According to reports, Hutchinson has been stellar so far in training camp so this prediction may not be the boldest of bold but I am predicting that he gets at least 10 sacks during his rookie season and likely more.
D’Andre Swift puts up 1,400 all-purpose yards
Can D’Andre Swift stay healthy for a full season? That is a huge question as he has not been able to stay on the field for every game thus far in his career. That being said, my bold prediction is not only that Swift will play in all 17 games for the Lions but that he will put up 1,400+ all-purpose yards in 2022.
Dan Campbell wins Coach of the Year
In case you have not yet noticed, I am super optimistic about the 2022 Detroit Lions and I have been for a long time. If the Lions are able to find their way into the NFL Playoffs, or even if they are able to come close, Dan Campbell will certainly be considered for Coach of the Year. My final bold prediction is that Campbell wins the NFL Coach of the Year Award at the conclusion of the season.
Nation, what is your bold prediction for the 2022 Detroit Lions?