28. Detroit Lions (finished 29)
What I said at the end of last season:
"I can’t believe that we are here after what looked like such a promising start to the season. However, after losing 11 of their last 12 games, the Lions look like a team of players and coaches just going through the motions. I don’t know where you hang your hat if you are the Lions, but the saving grace is that Matthew Stafford looked like he was playing really well before he got hurt. A good QB can fix a lot of issues and Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola make a nice trio of receivers to help keep that offense humming. However, the rest of the team is really average to bad and I get the feeling that by the time they are even close it will be time to switch coaches."
I still think all of this is right, with the small caveat that the Lions defense is starting to look like they could actually have a nice season. Jeffery Okudah, Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman are a pretty good trio of cornerbacks and Jamie Collins, Trey Flowers and the Okwara brothers are an intriguing group of EDGEs.
Even though they have some nice players on each side of the ball, I don’t see a lot of upside with this team and they could squeak into the playoffs if they played in the NFC East or the AFC East but I think this division is too tough to count on any wins so they will have to make some more big moves after the season to really improve.