Can the Detroit Lions actually compete for the NFC North title in 2020?

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Nearly every major sports outlet has ranked the Detroit Lions towards the bottom on the NFL as we prepare for the 2020 season.

In ESPN’s latest power rankings, they had Detroit at 28. After a 3-12-1 season in 2019, and a long history of below average football, it’s easy for fans and pundits to write Detroit off already. But looking at their roster construction and taking into consideration just how well Matthew Stafford was playing prior to his injury last season, there’s a case to be made for the Lions this season.

Could they actually compete for a division title? The NFC North is wide open right now. Although the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings are coming off playoff seasons respectively, it’s hard to determine if they actually got better this offseason. Minnesota lost arguably their best wide receiver in Stefon Diggs along with their offensive coordinator, and the Packers by all accounts whiffed on their draft this year.

If Matt Patricia’s squad can step up to the occasion this year, they’ll have a solid chance at snatching this division in 2020.

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