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All in all, 2014 will go down as a successful season for the Detroit Lions. Under the new regime led by head coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions won 11 games, their most in 23 years. Detroit also returned to the NFC playoffs for only the second time in 15 seasons.
The way Caldwell’s Lions qualified for the postseason was a big departure from the previous regime’s offense-first philosophy. The 2014 edition finished only 22nd in the NFL in offense, but allowed a mere 282 points – the fewest the club has surrendered in a 16-game season since 1980.
For the team to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in 20 years, they’ll need to get improved play – and improve protection – for QB Matthew Stafford and recreate the three-headed monster backfield with a rookie runner and the league’s second-youngest offensive line.