The Detroit Lions will look to improve after a very disappointing season. Detroit moved a step further into their rebuild this offseason adding some key players to build around, but still have a ways to go. The Lions finished second to last in the NFL a season ago. Detroit will look for their young players to make an immediate impact in their lineup.
Detroit is bottom five in Super Bowl odds once again this season as they compete in the NFC North. The Green Bay Packers are coming off a postseason appearance, while the Vikings finished one game out of a playoff berth. The Bears are in a similar position as the Lions as they continue their own rebuild.
The Lions stayed relatively quiet in free agency, but made their big moves in the NFL Draft. Detroit signed Wide Receiver D.J. Chark, Cornerback Mike Hughes, and Safety DeShon Elliott to fill in some holes. The Lions picked up Defensive End Aidan Hutchinson and Wide Receiver Jameson Williams in the first round of the draft.
Detroit Lions 2022-23 betting futures
|Super Bowl Odds||+10000||+15000||+12500||+12500||+12500|
|Conference Winner Odds||+5500||+6000||+5000||+6000||+5000|
|Division Winner Odds||+850||+1000||+900||+900||+850|
|Win Totals||Over 6 ½ (-110)||Over 6 ½ (-115)||Over 6 ½ (-110)||Over 6 (-160)||Over 6 ½ (-110)|
Detroit is listed by mobile sportsbooks in Michigan as a long shot to win the Super Bowl, but the best value is at DraftKings at +15000. The Lions have the best odds to win the NFC at DraftKings and Caesars, where they are listed at +6000.
The Lions best odds to win the NFC North are on DraftKings as well, which has them at +1000. Detroit’s win total this season is listed between 6 to 6 ½ wins. The best value on the over is between FanDuel, BetRivers and BetMGM, which are all over 6 ½ for -110. The best value on the under is on DraftKings, which has them at -105 for under 6 ½ wins.
2021-22 season review
Detroit struggled heavily last season, finishing with a record of 3-13-1, which had them in second to last place of the entire NFL. Jared Goff started 14 games last season, going 3-10-1 in those matchups. Tim Boyle started the other three, failing to register a win. The Lions will need a lot of improvement at the quarterback position if they want to be competitive.
The Lions went 2-4 in divisional play last season, with one win coming against the Minnesota Vikings and the other against the Green Bay Packers backups in Week 18. Detroit lost six games by a single score or less last season. The Lions will look to turn those tight games into wins this season.
Jared Goff will start the season at the Quarterback position. Goff passed for 3245 yards, 19 touchdowns and 8 interceptions last season. He had his moments, but struggled to get any rhythm going for most of the season. Detroit will look for Goff to have a much better second season with them.
The Lions added two important targets for Goff at receiver this offseason. Detroit signed D.J. Chark and drafted Jameson Williams out of Alabama. These two will play alongside wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and tight end T.J. Hockenson. St. Brown led the team last season with 912 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns.
Detroit has a rushing attack highlighted by D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams. Swift had 1069 scrimmage yards and 7 touchdowns, while Williams had 601 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. The Lions have a strong offensive line going into this season with young players like Taylor Decker, Frank Ragnow and Penei Sewell.
Detroit used their second overall selection to improve the defensive line adding DE Aidan Hutchinson out of Michigan. He will join a front seven highlighted by Alex Anzalone and Michael Brockers. The Lions also added Defensive End James Houston in the 6th round of the draft. Houston has a high potential, but dropped due to injury concerns.
The Lions secondary also improved with their offseason. Detroit’s cornerbacks are now highlighted by Mike Hughes, Amani Oruwariye and Jeff Okudah. Okudah has struggled his first couple seasons in the league, but will look to make the jump this season. Detroit also added DeShon Elliott to join Tracy Walker at safety.
Detroit’s defense was their biggest weakness throughout last season. The Lions gave up 467 points and 6456 yards against, which ranked 31st and 29th in the NFL. Detroit’s run defense was the weaker side ranking 28th in yards against, but the Lions did a great job adding Hutchinson to try and stop the outside run.
Expect another struggle
Detroit is coming off a very rough season, but will look to improve upon it early in this campaign. The Lions added a new infusion of youth to go along with the team. Detroit’s biggest problem remains with a questionable Quarterback though. If Goff continues to struggle, he will bring this Lions team down with him once again.
The Lions have a favorable first five weeks before their bye. Detroit will play winnable games against the Commanders, Seahawks and Patriots. The Lions will have a rough path late in the season though with a couple weaker teams mixed in. Detroit will need both sides of the ball to improve heavily though if they want to capitalize on this schedule.
Detroit is listed at a win total of 6 ½ wins in most places going into the season. I think that this total is a bit high with the Lions coming off a three-win season. I expect Detroit to improve, but to more than double their win total from a season ago seems a bit extreme. The under looks like the best pick for the Lions season.
Best Bet: Detroit Lions Under 6 ½ Wins