Updated: Aug 17, 2021
I like the Lions to go under their win total of 5 wins (Draftkings). Detroit has T-3rd hardest schedule based on 2021 preseason win totals by William Hill. The start for the season (Niners, @Packers, Ravens, @Bears, @Vikings) would be brutal for any head coach, let alone a first-year head coach in Dan Campbell. That's three divisional games on the road, along with home matchups against Shanahan's Niners and Harbaugh's Ravens. Under a new head coach, players need to fully buy in to their coach's philosophy, and this is not the slate to get off to a hot start. Before the draft, Pro Football Focus ranked the Detroit roster as the worst in the league. A terrible defense, combined with a downgrade from Stafford to Goff at quarterback, is not going to make Detroit a contender anytime soon. New offense coordinator Anthony Lynn was abysmal as the Chargers coach for the past few seasons and was particularly awful in one-score games. Goff will not improve, going from Sean McVay to Anthony Lynn as his play-caller. The passing game took a hit when wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. decided to leave town, too.I think Rodgers ultimately returns to Green Bay, and the rest of the division (Minnesota and Chicago) is competent. Cross-divisional matchups against the NFC West teams are not ideal, either. After a potentially 0-4 start to the season, I see no path to 6 wins for this franchise. The Lions will contend with the Texans for the #1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Best Bet: Lions under 5 wins (-110)
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