There's one poster that if you took what he says as fact, would make the Lions the team to beat each of the last two seasons and this upcoming season. I mean Goff is a solid NFL QB, but he's hardly a fantasy asset. Seems odd to get upset that these rushing QBs have been ranked ahead of him.wrt Goff, there’s really no logical reason to be wildly optimistic he vaults himself into elite status.
They are the favorites to win the NFC North, which is kind of amazing by itself. It has literally never happened - it was still known as the NFC Central when they won their last division title 30 years ago. But I think objectively they are better than CHI, GB & MIN - which is maybe not saying a lot.
That seems reasonable. They finished strong, addressed their biggest needs in free agency, took some immediate impact draft picks (in unconventional fashion.) I think the open question is how their roster stacks up against the other upper echelon teams in the NFC: Eagle, 49ers, maybe the Cowboys.
It's a weak division and they're in the weaker conference so it's not crazy to think they're a top 8 team. The expectation is simply playing in the divisional round is the baseline for a successful year. Which again, is kinda nuts, they haven't been beyond the WC round since 1991. But they have a good enough team to achieve that.
Those are realistic goals. I think they need to prove they can win a playoff game before you go beyond that. Not like the other teams sat around on their hands in the offseason.