The Detroit Lions played spoiler to the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl banner unveil on the NFL’s opening night.
After beating the Chiefs, the offseason hype surrounding the Lions got that much stronger.
In a postgame press conference, fans expected Dan Campbell to be his typical self, excited about the team’s success.
While Campbell was undoubtedly encouraged by this victory, he remained humble.
According to Campbell via Pro Football Talk, he said, “I got verification of what I already knew.”
Dan Campbell: Win was verification of what I already knew about Lions. https://t.co/hioRFdo0uD
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 8, 2023
Campbell wasn’t surprised by this victory, even though the Chiefs were favored to win this game.
He has continued to believe in this team, knowing he has put the right players in place.
Campbell also referred to this team as “resilient,” and that his team is “built to handle some stuff.”
Heading into the season, the Chiefs were widely viewed as a favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
While their public view may not have changed after one loss, this puts Campbell’s confidence into perspective.
If the Lions can take down the Chiefs, who is to say they won’t be able to defeat other juggernauts throughout the season?
The Lions’ next three games are against the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, and Green Bay Packers.
The Seahawks were a playoff team last year and could provide a tough test.
As for the Packers and Falcons, both teams are said to be in rebuilding mode, trying to re-establish themselves as top teams.
If those teams falter early, there is a realistic path for the Lions to leave their first four games with a 3-1, potentially 4-0 record.NEXT: Jahmyr Gibbs Makes Confident Statement On His Potential Stats This Season