The Detroit Lions‘ General Manager, Brad Holmes, believes the team has already demonstrated readiness to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the upcoming season opener. This Thursday night game marks the kickoff for the NFL’s 2023 season and places the Lions in the spotlight.
Holmes remains unfazed by the prospect of facing the defending Super Bowl champions, expressing confidence in the team’s ability to compete at the highest level. He points to their performance last year, highlighting significant victories against top-tier opponents.
“Last year, we showcased our ability to compete with any team,” Holmes affirmed. “We faced formidable opponents among the NFL’s top teams, and I’m confident that we’ve made significant improvements during this offseason and training camp.”
The Lions mounted an impressive comeback last season, rebounding from a 1-6 start to secure eight wins in their last ten games, concluding the season with a 9-8 record. Their triumph over the Packers in the season finale denied Green Bay a playoff berth.
With strengthened roster additions from free-agent acquisitions and the draft, most NFL analysts consider the Lions the frontrunners to clinch the NFC North title.
Among their victories were notable wins against teams like the Packers (twice), Giants, Jets, Jaguars, and Vikings.
“We’re even more confident now in our ability to compete with the best,” Holmes emphasized. “There’s no more challenging examination than going head-to-head with the current champions in the season opener. They’re the champs, after all.”
When asked about his confidence level regarding the Lions’ prospects of winning the division for the first time since 1993, Holmes responded, “Very high.”