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Could the New Look Lions Offense Surprise Some Teams in 2019?

The Detroit Lions are looking to put what was a very disappointing 2018 behind them and under second-year head coach Matt Patrica have a new start to this year.

Checking sportsbooks in New Jersey the Lions are not getting a lot of love, as right now in terms of odds they are tied for dead last with the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins and New York Giants at 60/1 to win the Conference.

As far as even winning their division, they are 12/1, which is also last among the four teams that will battle it out in 2019.

The Chicago Bears, who won the NFC North in 2018 are currently the favorites once again at 7/4 to win the North, followed by the Green Bay Packers who have a new coach in Matt LaFleur at 2/1, and the Minnesota Vikings, who had a very up and down 2018 are also 2/1.

One thing that could put the Lions in a much better position in 2019 is the fact they will have a very different look to their offense.

While quarterback Matthew Stafford is still the biggest piece, new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has already stated he wants to build an offense built around running the football, something the Lions have been flat out awful in doing in the last decade.

Not since the days of Barry Sanders have the Lions put an emphasis on the run game, and with Bevell running the show, that very much can change once the 2019 season kicks off.

At a recent OTA and minicamp, the Lions offense had a very different look from the past, as they had tight ends lined up in-line, in the slot and out wide.

The team has been busy this offseason adding players that will fit the new look offense, with Bevell getting his hands on some versatility at the skill positions.

What the new offensive coordinator can do with those new players is anyone’s guess, but he should have the ability to intersperse multiple groupings based on matchups, which could confuse some defenses that have not seen the Lions in awhile.

It all comes down to Stafford being the quarterback of old, not being shy in the pocket, and using these new players around him to be able to get the ball downfield.

The Lions new looks on offense could be the best thing going for them in 2019. We will see early on in training camp and in practices and preseason games if these players can all get on the same page and make some noise for this team looking to surprise in the NFC North and in the NFC as a whole.

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