The Lions finished just 5-11 in 2020, and aren't expected to be very good once again this upcoming season.
Even with a new regime -- led by general manager Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell -- there are far too many holes, especially on the defensive side of the ball, to expect Detroit to make a quick turnaround and return to relevancy in 2021.
The highly popular sportsbook DraftKings certainly agrees. It presently has the Lions slotted to win five games for a second consecutive campaign.
The only team it has projected for less wins is the Houston Texans at 4.5 wins.
Accompanying this win totals prediction is the news that the league will be expanding to 17 regular season games in time for the '21 NFL season.
The decision on the length of the upcoming campaign was finalized during the owners' virtual league meetings Tuesday and Wednesday.
On the opposite end of the wins total spectrum from the Lions and Texans are the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs.
DraftKings has the Buccaneers pegged for 11.5 victories and the Chiefs projected to finish with 12 wins -- the two-highest win totals in the league for 2021.
Now that free agency has slowed down, the next big offseason event that could alter those above win totals is the NFL Draft. The draft is set to take place April 29 - May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Holmes & Co. are set to pick at No. 7 overall in the first round, and also possess five additional picks -- although their selections are not expected to affect their projected amount of victories very significantly.
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