27. Detroit Lions   What’s New in 2019: A new offensive coordinator in Darrell Bevell who was a love/hate figure in his six seasons with the Seahawks and had a mixed career in Minnesota before that. Former Patriot Trey Flowers was signed for an enormous contract in FA and former Patriot Justin Coleman was brought in to play some slot. TJ Hockenson was the headline act of a quirky draft class. He could give this offense a real x-factor, even if traditionally top tight ends take a couple of years to show something. Roster Strengths: Defensive Line – They’ve got two monsters inside in A’Shawn Robinson, who was quietly excellent last year and Damon Harrison who is always excellent at what he does. On the edges, there’s not a lot of subtlety, but Da’Shawn Hand was a nice edge-setting find in the late rounds of the draft last year and the big off season addition Trey Flowers will offer more of that opposite. That’s a starting front four, at least, that is going to be really tough to run on. That’s the Patricia blueprint.  Elsewhere – Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones is a more than serviceable tandem outside, Danny Amendola is a nice third passing option. Taylor Decker and Ricky Wagner are a slightly above average tackle combo, which is what you need to have to succeed in the NFL. Darius Slay is always reliable on one side of the defensive field. Matthew Stafford is ever the mercurial talent and I loved Frank Ragnow coming out last year, so interested to see how he does in his second season.  Roster Weaknesses: Linebacker – It still looks kinda bulky and not very agile. Jarrad Davis had a noticeable drop in play last year and will need to bounce back. Secondary – Whoever suits up opposite Darius Slay, be it Teez Tabor, Rashaan Melvin or new rookie Amani Oruwariye. It looks a troublesome spot on paper. At safety, both starting jobs could be won in camp  Elsewhere – It’s a functional offensive roster, but it noticeably lacks an explosive element. Right guard Kenny Wiggins is pretty uninspiring at right guard without an obvious replacement for his spot. Breakout Player: Kerryon Johnson – Had an impressive start to his rookie season, but didn’t play after week 11 where he injured his leg. He’s going to be the lead back in his second season and the Lions are going to run the football, probably a lot. How they can win in 2019: On offense, how Stafford meshes with yet another offensive coordinator will have a big impact on what the Lions are able to do in 2019. They’ve really got to find a consistent way to move the football, clearly that seems to be heading towards a ground heavy attack and a commitment to longer drives. Marshalling a patient offense has never been Stafford’s speciality so we’ll see how that pans out. He does have some passing targets this year, so if the ground attack thrives there will be opportunities for some signature big plays and some nice options underneath and down the seams.   On defense, it’s a pressure scheme designed to frustrate opponents into bad decisions rather than one that is going to penetrate and attack so that has to be executed to perfection. Outside of Trey Flowers, who does that role well inside, there isn’t a player who can generate much of a pass-rush so that will have to be schemed in. Again, that's by design as much as anything. Teams will want to test this pass defense early and often, so that has to hold up.  Predicted record 2019: 5-11 - Man, I just think there's more to football than focusing your efforts on being hard to beat and sometimes low-risk football bring back low rewards.