Detroit Lions Betting Odds Preview
The Detroit Lions came into last season with high hopes after a great season in 2011, but those hopes would quickly be turned to disappointment as the team finished 4-12 SU and 5-10-1 ATS. Can Detroit bounce back this season, or was 2011 just a fluke year for the long-suffering franchise?
With a 4-4 SU and 3-4-1 ATS record through the first half of the season, it still looked like Detroit had enough time to get things turned around and make a late push for a playoff spot. Instead, the Lions finished the season with eight straight losses, going just 2-6 ATS over that span.
Detroit’s offense racked up a ton of yards as the team finished with 408.8 total yards per game, second only to New England and New Orleans. Matt Stafford had 4,967 passing yards and WR Calvin Johnson set the all-time NFL single-season record for receiving yards with 1,964. But remarkably, the duo only hooked up for five touchdown passes, with Stafford finishing with only 20 overall. The Lions couldn’t finish drives with touchdowns, averaging just 23.3 points per game to finish right below league average. Detroit hopes that the addition of pass-catching RB Reggie Bush will add some versatility to the offense to help the team convert on more drives.
While finishing around league average in both rushing and passing yardage defense, the Lions ranked 27th in points surrendered allowing 27.3 points per game. Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh have the physical potential to be the best defensive tackle duo in the game, but they’ll both need to stay healthy and cut back on mental mistakes (such as taking untimely penalties to keep drives alive) to help Detroit get back on track.
The disproportional amount of yards to points on both offense and defense going against Detroit points to an unlucky season in 2012. But there are also concerns about the team’s leadership and character. The talent is here to compete for a playoff spot, but we’ll see what the team is really made of this season.
NFC North Odds at Bovada as of August 4
Green Bay Packers -160
Chicago Bears +350
Detroit Lions +500
Minnesota Vikings +600