The Detroit Lions have made it. The Dan Campbell-led team has actually achieved it.
After 30 years without a division title and 32 years without a playoff win, the Lions officially began a new chapter in their franchise history on Sunday night by defeating the Los Angeles Rams and their long-time Lion, Matthew Stafford. Detroit has now transcended the „underdog“ label and can firmly establish itself as a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
The Lions may not have many household names, but Detroit quietly possesses an extremely talented roster. Their offense is truly dynamic, featuring a dual-threat running back room led by David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs, an All-Pro receiving talent in Amon-Ra St. Brown, a historic rookie tight end in Sam LaPorta, and a seemingly rejuvenated Jared Goff. The defense is mostly homegrown, either with draft picks like Alim McNeill, Brian Branch, and Aidan Hutchinson forming the core, or veteran reclamation projects like Alex Anzalone and CJ Gardner-Johnson rounding out the unit. The group has earned its status as one of the league’s best teams, and head coach Campbell’s X-factor can propel this group well beyond its weight class.