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Thursday open thread: Where will the Lions rank at the end of 2020?

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Can the Lions get back to respectability?

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The Detroit Lions had an odd season last year, even by their standards.

And if not for a few bad calls against the Packers, a few mistakes against the Chiefs, and an injured quarterback, the Lions season could have looked very different.

Despite playing a half a season with a merry-go-round at quarterback, the Lions only had five games where they lost by more than a touchdown. And prior to his injury, Matthew Stafford was playing at an MVP type level.

That’s the bright side.

The dark side is the Lions consistently trotted out one of the worst defenses in the NFL last season, and I’m not sure how much better it’s going to get this season.

They swapped Darius Slay for Jeff Okudah, and didn’t do much to improve the pass rush.

At the end of last season, some folks had the Lions ranked dead last in the entire NFL.

And that bring us to today’s question of the day:

Where will the Lions rank at the end of 2020?

My answer: 18

This is a tricky one, but at this point I’m assuming health from key players. And if injuries occur, all bets are off.

The Lions offense should come back and be just as threatening as last year. The addition of D’Andre Swift is a fun one that could expand the offense in 2020.

I don’t think the Lions will be in the NFL’s basement, but I’m not sure they’ll be ready for a deep playoff run either.

Your turn.