NFL analyst labels the Detroit Lions as the underdog to root for in 2021

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If you are reading this, you know that the Detroit Lions are usually a punching bag for the national media.  It’s nice to see someone with some national clout that has no affiliation with the organization say something positive about the team.

The Detroit Lions are predicted to finish last in the NFC North in 2021, and as much as fans don’t want to hear that, it’s likely true.  But I will say there is a difference between finishing last and having no hope whatsoever for the future, or finishing last but feeling optimistic about the overall direction of the franchise.

Last season, I had absolutely no hope at all for the Detroit Lions under the previous regime.  It was year three with Matt Patricia, and the team entered a tailspin that would never be corrected.

Finally, a national writer rooting for the Detroit Lions.

With Dan Campbell patrolling the sideline, antics aside, the future seems bright for the Detroit Lions, and Marc Sessler, an NFL analyst, is taking notice.

"Logic suggests the Lions are dirt-nap material in the NFC North. In a pass-obsessed league, Jared Goff is stuck flinging anti-darts to fellows like Breshad Perriman, Tyrell Williams and Geronimo Allison. Detroit is openly rebuilding and putting its faith in coach Dan Campbell. He’s eye-of-the-beholder content: Some will eat up his bro-ish soliloquies, others will pounce as the losses mount. Me? I can’t help but dig his fireside chats with the media.Asked Tuesday to describe his roster, he thoughtfully responded: “There’s no turds here.” Last week he illuminated scribes with tales of his high-wattage java routine, which includes 80 ounces of coffee and four shots of espresso EVERY DAY."

Sessler finishes his blurb by saying Campbell does have his support and perhaps the Detroit Lions finally have a plan.

The only thing I disagree with here is Geronimo Allison.  Instead, this should read Amon-Ra St. Brown.  I feel the rookie pass-catcher is poised to enjoy a very productive first season with the Detroit Lions.

I will say this, unlike with Matt Patricia at the helm; there are few dull days around Allen Park these days.

In addition to suggesting the organization adopt a real-life Lion to become its mascot, the outrageous heart palpitating daily coffee order and talking about his previous places of employment, Campbell’s personality spews out.  There is a good chance that as many members of the national media dislike the colorful comments and stories, there are that many players that appreciate someone willing to call a spade a spade and are willing to play their tail off for a coach of this nature.

Next. Alim McNeill will be the linchpin of the defense. dark

The Detroit Lions may only win five or six games in 2021, but they should remain far more competitive than they have in recent memory, and that is all we can ask for from Campbell and co. in year one of another rebuild.