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Notes: Several ESPN analysts predict Detroit Lions to be worst team in 2021

2021 is already being written off as a lost season for Detroit.

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With free agency still a month away and the NFL Draft more than two in the future, it’s far too early to make any predictions that should be taken seriously. But you’ll have to forgive us and ESPN, because now that all the excitement from the first month of the offseason is over, it’s the lean time of year.

Several experts over at the Worldwide Leader of Sports made some way-too-early predictions (ESPN+ required), including Super Bowl 56 winners, MVP, and, as the headline indicates, the team most likely to have the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Of the nine NFL analysts poll, three of them chose the Lions to finish the upcoming season with the worst record in the NFL: Mike Clay, Dan Graziano and Kevin Seifert.

Their reasonings are admittedly sound: they downgraded at quarterback after the Matthew Stafford trade, and the front office is clearly taking a long-term approach to building the team, which means a rough season or two ahead. But Clay actually views it as a positive.

“The Lions appear committed to the long game in terms of contending, especially after acquiring a pair of future first-round picks in the Stafford deal,” Clay wrote. “A rough 2021 campaign seems likely but will pay off down the road.”

Seifert, on the other hand, is a little more skeptical of the Lions’ process. He appears to have little faith in head coaching hire of Dan Campbell.

“They gave an inexperienced and lightly pursued coaching candidate (Dan Campbell) a six-year contract,” Seifert wrote. “All indications are that the Lions are buckling down for a long-term rebuild that could make 2021 an ugly mess.”

If you’re bored and looking for some ridiculously early predictions, the entire thing will take up some of your time. There are other noteworthy predictions, like one analyst picking Matthew Stafford as the 2021 MVP or the few predictions that have the Rams in the Super Bowl. I’ll let you find the rest on your own.

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Last week, the NFL world also lost writer Chris Wesseling to cancer. Our thoughts are will all of these people, who touched many lives throughout their careers. Rich Eisen had a touching tribute below:

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