(Until training camp starts at the end of July, Lions Lowdown will be posted five times a week using the list format.)
The Lions finished dead last in the NFC North last year with a 4-12 mark. Here are three reasons they will finish second to the Green Bay Packers this year:
1. The Chicago Bears’ biggest change is with Marc Trestman as head coach. They still have offensive line issues (stop me if you’ve heard this before) and will be playing without Brian Urlacher. Their draft class was considered the worst in the division. Don’t see it coming together too quickly for the Bears.
2. The Minnesota Vikings were surprising last season in part because Adrian Peterson came roaring out of the gate after ACL surgery shocking everyone in the NFL. The Vikings have Christian Ponder at quarterback who hasn’t proven himself. Yet they also had a good draft.
3. The Lions will be better. They’ve made defensive improvements (taller defensive ends and more depth at defensive back) particularly to play better against their NFC North opponents.