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Detroit Lions 2010 Odds

Finally, there is hope for the Detroit Lions, but for 2010, success for Detroit bettors would be more than five victories.

It’s been a long time coming but, since firing GM Matt Millen and letting Jim Schwartz take over coaching responsibilities, things are looking up in the Motor City. NFL season win total bettors who think that translates to 6 or more victories can pocket a profit today when they book that bet at sportsbooks such as Bovada. The Lions are patiently rebuilding through the draft, and no pick was more important than last year’s No. 1, Matt Stafford. With him at the helm, SBG Global likes the Lions to surpass five victories after winning just two a year ago. Lions Odds to Division: +2050 Regular Season Win Total: 5 (OV -140, UN +110) Super Bowl Odds: +9500 Stafford looked like a legit NFL quarterback last season, something the team hasn’t seen in far too many years. Sure, he made typical rookie mistakes, but the youngster showed a cannon arm and, more importantly, leadership and guts. He’s somebody other players will go to war for, and it’s been hard to coax this team into trying over the last decade. The Lions made several offseason moves that suddenly have their offense looking relatively scary. Running back Jahvid Best was explosive in college and has drawn favorable comparisons to Barry Sanders. If Best can stay healthy-an incredibly large “if”-Detroit will be much more dangerous.

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Also keep a close eye on Calvin Johnson. “Megatron” managed just 984 yards last year after an explosive 1,331-yard, 12-touchdown campaign in 2008. He was double and triple teamed last year but, with the signing of Nate Burlson, Detroit finally has someone to draw a bit of attention away from Johnson. If all goes according to plan, Johnson could be an All-Pro this year-he’s could be the most talented wideout in the NFL. The defense is a work in progress. Schwartz made his rep managing the “D” in Tennessee, and he’s focused his rebuilding efforts in Detroit on the line. Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams are solid veteran anchors, but the real catch is Ndamukong Suh. Suh, the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, had a fantastic training camp and looks as good as advertised. The hope is he becomes another version of Warren Sapp. After the line, however, things get a little sketchy. Zach Follet will start at linebacker after making just 10 tackles as a rookie last season. There’s some hope for DeAndre Levy, though, who started as a rookie last year and made 85 tackles. The secondary is also quite young, though the team is high on safety Louis Delmas, who racked up 94 tackles and a pair of picks in 2009. He, too, was a rookie-youth is obviously the prevailing theme on the Detroit “D.” No, the Lions aren’t going to contend for the Super Bowl this season or even a Wild Card spot. Millen did catastrophic damage to this team that will take time to undo. But the rebuilding project is officially underway, and it appears to be headed in the right direction.