DETROIT, Mich. (FOX NEWS) — Sunday’s Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears 2020 season opener at Ford Field will air live on FOX 17, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.
By Ryan Gaydos
It will be a make-or-break year for Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia.
The Lions have not had a winning season since Patricia took over the head coaching duties from Jim Caldwell prior to the start of the 2018 season. The team was 3-12-1 in 2019 – their worst record since 2012 in which they were 4-12 under Jim Schwartz.
The offense’s success hinges on the health of Matthew Stafford. As long as he stays healthy for an entire season, he can make the Lions competitive in the NFC North. Stafford still has targets like Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola to throw to this season. He also gets another running back weapon in D’Andre Swift, who the Lions selected in the second round of the draft earlier this year.
Detroit also added Adrian Peterson days before the start of the season. He's expected to add a veteran presence to a young running attack.
The Lions’ defense was not good at all last year.
Detroit finished 26th in points allowed and 31st in yards allowed. There is good news, however. The team signed linebacker Jamie Collins and drafted cornerback Jeff Okudah in the first round. The two additions make the Lions’ defense at least more interesting.
The expectations are low for the Lions. But as long as everyone stays healthy, you never really know how much noise they can make. Detroit was in the playoffs last in 2016.
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