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  1. I think this is overlooked because it never seems to happen here. Even saying we are a 6-win team at most, every year a team that has no business making the playoffs does. Last year alone, neither Washington or Chicago was a good team. WFT was in a really bad division and Chicago caught a lot of breaks in enough games, winning 6 games by a combined 26 points. Say Green Bay falls apart and starts Bortles as their week one QB, Cousins continues to wow no one, and Fields doesn't catch fire in Chicago. Now say the Lions stumble their way into being (while not some knock-your-socks-off overall team) competitive around week 13, welcoming Minnesota to Ford Field owning a 5-6 record, a game or two behind both Green Bay and Minnesota with a game yet to play against both of them. I don't think that's likely, but it's also not impossible. I'd much rather watch meaningful December football and pick 15th in April than continue to want to gauge my eyes out every fall Sunday and pick 7th in April.
  2. I will never "root" for losses, but I will recognize that sometimes losing has its advantages. I think hoping your team loses is an entirely fruitless exercise for any game, because you know damn well the team being fielded doesn't give a single damn about precious draft position and is going to be fighting like **** to compete and win every game. Might as well support the guys in your teams' colors who are out there putting their lives and futures on the line for a sport. If we are 3-13 going into week 18 against GB, I'm going to root like **** we kick those Packers asses and ruin their playoff positioning or whatever they are competing for. But if/when we lose, I'm not going to be super upset, because I can recognize that hey, at least we are going to be in a decent position at 3-14 to draft and beat those f'ers next year.
  3. Does "10-6 and win a playoff game" become "11-6 and win a playoff game" or "10-7 and win a playoff game" with the new game added? Asking for a friend. 😏
  4. I'll say 6-11 today. Might change before September. Wins against the 49ers, Bengals, Eagles, Bears, Falcons, and Packers.
  5. You had a lot there, but I would just respond that I don't think rooting for the long term gain and short term success of the team have to be mutually exclusive. If we are good at drafting and free agency, we can get better and position ourselves well while still winning games. Along with having consistently good QBs, it's how the best of the best in this league go decades without truly rebuilding. And frankly we have the future draft capital to move up for our QB if Dorsey sees the next Mahomes there.
  6. I don't get this take at all. Why even root for a team if you're going to practically hope for them to go 0-17 four months before the season starts? I know you didn't say that, but the same thought process can be extended to every game if it can be extended to the opener this far out. Do I think the team will be very good? No, and so I won't be super disappointed if they do start 0-1. But they're still my team and I want them to compete and I want them to win football games. I don't want to be quoted on this months from now, because I definitely do not think it's going to happen with this team, but the 2019 49ers went from 4-12 to the Super Bowl. Any given Sunday anything can happen, and it's not impossible for a mediocre team to play inspired and squeak some wins together. Again, I don't think that will happen to the 2021 Lions, but I also don't think rooting for loss in week one is a good look. The tankathon makes more sense (but is still a fruitless exercise) later in the season when you're eliminated or practically eliminated from playoff contention, but this belief, that because you don't think the team is going to be good - four months before the first game - so you're hoping they lose - four months before the first game - just seems like nonsense to me.
  7. Lions to open at home against the 49ers
  8. Jaguars and Falcons to "host" the two London games. No Mexico City game due to COVID. We are @Atlanta this year, so 1/8 chance we are in London for one.
  9. I agree that they are valuable, and even that they are worthy of top picks, but I think they are maybe the most often overvalued position given their long-term worth. You gave three examples, of which I think AP can be seen as the exception, because he is still in the game and has had a storied career (though it's also fair to speculate whether he would have retired by now if not for his financial difficulties). I looked at Gurley above, so I'll look at Zeke here. Phenomenal player, no doubt. But he is now possibly in the twilight of his career due to injuries, and he was selected over guys like Jalen Ramsey, Ronnie Stanley, DeForest Buckner, Laremy Tunsil, and plenty more non-Pro Bowlers (Taylor Decker), who are still going to be performing at a high level for years to come. And what have the Cowboys made out of his career? I would argue they have not seriously competed for a Super Bowl in his career. Whereas if they had selected a guy like Ramsey and then picked someone like Derrick Henry (selected in the 2nd round), Kenyan Drake (3rd), CJ Prosise (3rd), Jordan Howard (5th), or JD McKissick (UDFA), they would have stood a far better chance at seriously competing for a Super Bowl.
  10. This can't come as too much of a surprise. Not many teams out there willing to give up draft capital for a guy who you let slip was leaving anyway.
  11. I think even more so than back and board though you can look at your team. If Ezekiel Elliot or Todd Gurley or Christian McCaffery is there, and you feel like your team is one offensive piece away from being Super Bowl caliber, I think you take them, because they are a position that can most likely make a huge impact from day one. On the other hand, if you're sitting where the Lions perpetually are, a few years away from legitimately contending, taking a RB is stupid, because by the time you're (theoretically) ready to compete, your 1st or 2nd round RBs knees suck and he needs replaced. And in that regard, I guess the Rams can be viewed as the exception to my rule, because they did manage to draft Gurley and have him carry them to the Super Bowl shortly thereafter, in a way that the Cowboys and Panthers were not, and we are now seeing them potentially waste two great athletes on mediocre teams as injuries pop up for each of Zeke and CMC. And I think those cases far outnumber the Gurleys. Then you have the Lions in the same draft as Gurley pick up Ameer Abdullah in the 2nd round over plenty of guys who - even if they aren't Pro Bowlers or future Hall of Famers - at least they're still in the damn league.
  12. I think Vaitai is the least likely to be here three years from now. His dead cap hit goes from an unrealistic $14.6 million this offseason to only $4.2 million next, and as it stands if he starts the year at RG, he'll be the 6th highest paid RG in the NFL. That's a lot to pay the 4th or 5th best O-lineman on your team. I think best case would be Stenberg taking a step forward and becoming the starting RG by 2022, with Vaitai performing well enough this year to be flipped for a mid-round pick.
  13. I don't understand the philosophy of using early round picks on guys at the RB position for just that reason, they break down so fast. Tarik Cohen, Jordan Howard, Marlon Mack, Chris Carson, and Aaron Jones were all selected in the 4th round or later. Value in that position can be found late, and the earlier picks are much better spent on guys that will be able to produce for the next decade to come.
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