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Notes: Yahoo Sports’ 2020 NFL preview ranks Detroit Lions in bottom 6

Yahoo’s Frank Schwab sees some hope—but more concern—for the 2020 Detroit Lions.

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With training camp around the corner, publications are just now starting to put out their preview material for the 2020 NFL season.

Yahoo Sports’ Frank Schwab has been doing team-by-team previews, starting with teams he views as the bottom of the NFL up to the top. Tuesday, he dropped his Detroit Lions preview as the 27th ranked team in the league.

Obviously, with a ranking that low, Schwab isn’t very high on the Lions. He notes their lack of premier talent, according to several outlets.

“There weren’t any Lions on a few top 100 players lists this offseason, including one from Pete Prisco at CBS and another consensus list of NFL writers who study film,” Schwab wrote. “Pro Football Focus didn’t have one Lions player on its top 101 from the 2019 season, and nobody on its top 50 heading into this season.”

That being said, Schwab does believe this team still has potential, even to contend for a NFC North title in a division that’s very much up for grabs. One big reason for optimism, Schwab notes, is Matthew Stafford. He pulls out a doozy of a stat to back this claim.

Let’s prorate last season’s stats for two quarterbacks who missed time due to injuries, to reflect their 16-game paces:

QB 1: 4,868 yards, 31 TDs, 6 INTs, 104.6 passer rating

QB 2: 4,998 yards, 38 TDs, 10 INTs, 106.0 passer rating

The first quarterback is Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes (we removed his 11-attempt outing against the Denver Broncos to make the rate stats fair). The second quarterback is Matthew Stafford

Overall, Schwab admits he feels like he probably should have put the Lions higher, but his lack of faith in head coach Matt Patricia ultimately holds them down.

You can read his entire preview here.

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