The Lions' general manager believes the squad is "not afraid" of reaching high expectations in the 2023 season.

The Detroit Lions ended 2022 on a hot streak, raising anticipation for the first time in years. The Lions won the season but missed the playoffs.

Next week, the Lions will try to match those high expectations in the 2023 NFL season. 

Before Detroit's highly anticipated regular season, general manager Brad Holmes told reporters he hopes to avoid another sluggish start.

Not so much the start. We want to start swiftly and not get back into a 1-6 hole, but we're taking it step by step, phase by phase. 

That's our style "Holmes said.The Lions play the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 7 to start the season.

Lions are NFC North favorites this season despite not winning their division since 1993. 

In 1993, the Lions played in NFC Central.Holmes said the team is confident for 2023.

The expectations are earned by what we've established and done up to this point, 

including how we concluded the season and our player acquisition process. But now we must prove them right."

Last season's HBO's "Hard Knocks" highlighted the Lions, which seemed to affect their late-season games.

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