2. Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions have quietly put together an underrated core of skill players. They ranked sixth in the NFL last season with 261 passing yards per game. Unfortunately, they had zero running game to complement their air attack.
Still, Matthew Stafford threw for his seventh straight 4,000 plus yard season and continued to impress everyone in the NFL. He had two 1,000 yard receivers to throw to in Marvin Jones (1101) and Golden Tate (1003). Rising rookie Kenny Golladay also collected 477 yards as well. That trio should produce again in 2018.
At tight end, they lost Eric Ebron who racked up 574 receiving yards last season, third-most on the team. Even though he was always underwhelming, it’s a big loss for the Lions. They did sign Luke Willson as a replacement. However, Willson isn’t nearly the type of receiver Ebron is.
Overall, Detroit pushes for the number one spot on this list, but falls just short after the loss of Ebron to their receiving corps.