Detroit Lions

NFC North

F

Overall Team DVOA

-54.6% 29th

The Lions opened the 2021 draft with three picks for their offensive and defensive lines, a much-improved approach for a team that famously once tried to rebuild with three consecutive top-10 wide receiver selections. It's also an approach that seems to match the kneecap-biting mentality of new head coach Dan Campbell. But the team's biggest future question remains at quarterback. The previous Lions coaches turned just three of Matthew Stafford's nine above-average DVOA passing seasons into playoff berths and zero wins. After the Rams sent him to Detroit for Stafford, new Lions starter Jared Goff will need a dramatically improved supporting cast to enjoy a better fate. – Scott Spratt

DVOA Team Rankings

Through Week 1

Total DVOA
-54.6%29th
Offense
-12.9%25th
Defense
35.9%30th
Special Teams
-5.9%27th
Weighted DVOA
-54.6%29th
Unadj. Total VOA
-47.8%28th
Future Schedule
-5.3%23rd
Past Schedule
39.0%5th

2021 Season Projections

Mean Projection
7.2 wins27th
Projected Schedule
2.9%4th
Projected DVOA
-7.8%23rd
Playoff Contender (9-11 wins)
23.8%27th
Super Bowl Contender (12+ wins)
6.3%27th
Win Super Bowl
0.7%25th
Playoff Contender (9-11 wins)
23.8%27th
Super Bowl Contender (12+ wins)
6.3%27th
Win Super Bowl
0.7%25th

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Football Outsiders Almanac 2021