With the training camp of the Detroit Lions right around the corner, it is time to dive into some bold predictions. Even as the Lions enter yet another rebuild, all is not lost in Detroit. The Lions are capable of catching a few teams by surprise this season. With that said, it is time to dive into the bold predictions for the 2021 Detroit Lions.
Making Bold Predictions for the New-Look 2021 Detroit Lions
Beat the Green Bay Packers Twice
It does not get much bolder than predicting to beat the best team in your division twice. Especially when said team is the Green Bay Packers. The last time the Lions beat the Packers twice in a single season was back in 2018. One of those games featured DeShone Kizer starting at quarterback for Green Bay, but it still counts nonetheless. Even despite the shortcomings of Detroit’s roster, anything can happen in divisional games.
The organizational issues currently afflicting the Packers are a bigger deal than they are willing to admit. The Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams drama is not going anywhere anytime soon barring an unlikely trade scenario. Distractions like that can hang over a team’s head like a dark cloud on a rainy day A lapse in concentration is all it may take for the Lions to steal two games from their divisional rivals.
Jared Goff Throws for 30+ Touchdowns
For whatever reason, everyone seems to be out on Jared Goff. His former head coach, Sean McVay, has been anointed as an “offensive guru” by the majority of the league. His use of play-action and a zone-based running scheme has the media fawning over his every play-call. Even though he runs a supposed “quarterback-friendly offense,” it was not the right fit for Goff’s talents. Goff is more suited to captain a system similar to that which he ran in college.
While at California, Goff thrived in the air-raid offense. It is a shotgun-based offense that typically features four wide receivers and one running back. This offense gives the signal-caller the freedom to make a multitude of audibles based off the defense’s formation. It also presents the quarterback with anywhere from four to five options to go with the ball each play.
The freedom this offense presents to signal-callers is something Goff thrives with. It has been reported that the Lions will run a spread offense which has many similarities to the air-raid. With this being the case, it should shock no one when Goff throws for 30+ touchdowns this season.
Penei Sewell Allows Zero Sacks
The top-rated offensive lineman in the draft, Penei Sewell, is poised for a huge rookie season. Playing at Oregon, Sewell only allowed one sack his entire collegiate career. He will begin his NFL career playing at the right tackle position. This means that Sewell will likely be matched up against Khalil Mack in their two games against the Chicago Bears. Even with that said, Goff has the ability to get rid of the ball quickly.
Because Sewell will not be protecting Goff’s blindside, any pressure given up will be quickly spotted by the quarterback. Sewell is a player whose dominance in college will translate perfectly to the NFL.
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