The Detroit Lions could be great in 2023 if they avoid these 4 obstacles

The Detroit Lions could be good this year. So really good.

The Lions have rebuilt their roster to the point that they will enter the season as favorites to win the NFC North for the first time since the division was formed 21 years ago. They are young, deep and talented, but they are not without their warts.

With the NFL heading into summer break, now feels like a good time to reassess what the Lions accomplished this offseason and where they stand with training camp on the horizon next month.

Here are four reasons to believe the Lions will win their first playoff game in 32 years this winter, and four roadblocks that could prevent them from reaching their potential.

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell watches practice during OTAs at Detroit Lions headquarters in Allen Park on Thursday, June 1, 2023.

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It all starts over

Teams that are strong in the trenches usually end up winning a lot of games, and the Lions have one of the NFL’s best offensive lines.

They return four of five starters from last season, with all four playing at the Pro Bowl level. Center Frank Ragnow was the only Lion to make the team as an original selection, but right tackle Penei Sewell went as an alternate and left tackle Taylor Decker and left guard Jonah Jackson were also on the alternate list.

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