For many, the Detroit Lions have been the laughingstock of the NFL. They were the NFC’s Cleveland Browns, the circus clowns, the younger Packers brothers who just wanted a seat at the adults’ table at Thanksgiving — but not anymore. Within two weeks, the Detroit Lions showed life. They have shown audacity. They were fun, and they impressed many people across America. After the first week, the Lions saw a tough battle against one of the top teams in the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles, the second week saw the Lions jump into a major early lead over the Washington captains. While the leaders worked their way up again to bring the score into the number one digits, most spectators agreed that the lions never lost control. They looked solid.
Now, anyone who’s been watching the Lions in recent years can tell you that his record hasn’t been an indication of how good the team really is. In 2021, the Lions had the second worst record in the league. However, they were also 1-6-1 in one possession matches last year. This is not normal. You would expect the team to be around 0.500 in those positions. Detroit was nowhere near that. Add to that a healthier attack streak, improved passing weapons, and an improved pass dash, and it’s no wonder the lions suddenly look like kings in the jungle. They also have one of the easiest tables in the NFL, with 10 games against teams that were under 0.500 last season. Yes, they will probably be smoked on national television on Thanksgiving Day against buffalo bills. That would probably turn a lot of people away from lions, but hey, rams have also been smoked through bills on national television and I don’t see anyone fading out rams at the moment.
Sports bettors are the most intrigued by the black so far. All this week, lions have been a favorite in the sports books. On Tuesday, the Lions received 16.7% of the bets to win the Super Bowl. This tied them to the Bills at number two, behind only the Kansas City Chiefs, who took 25 percent of all Super Bowl bets. That’s awful. When it comes to singles games, it is normal to see bettors return the underdogs in hopes of getting huge payouts. However, that never happens when it comes to tournament bets. The phrase is “any Sunday,” not “any particular season.”
Hell, the Lions are still not expected to make it to the playoffs. according to OddsChecker United States, the Lions were listed at -350 to miss the playoffs, meaning they had a 77.8 percent chance of missing the playoff altogether. Despite their hot start, they still have +10000 odds of winning the Super Bowl, which puts them 23rd in the NFL with the likes of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington leaders. Should these odds be higher? Certainly, especially considering the fact that the Lions convincingly beat the Leaders in their home opener last weekend.
This is probably why so many people tend to bet on lions this week. They note how hard it is for the Lions to put the deal to Washington, and the fact that they’re still tied to the leaders in terms of Super Bowl odds is a slap in the face for Detroit’s early season accomplishments.
It’s not just the Super Bowl odds that bettors love. The Lions were the most supported underdog for Sunday’s win, taking 66.7 percent of money-line bets as they were six weak points against their class rival, the Minnesota Vikings. Now, the Minnesota Lions haven’t won since 2017, but I understand why a lot of people see Detroit pulling away with Sunday’s win. The most obvious reason is each team’s performance against the Philadelphia Eagles. While neither team got off to a hot start, the Lions showed a fight, regaining their strength to make it a close match by the final whistle. Meanwhile, the Vikings could not obtain anything. They looked superior against Philadelphia, like deer in headlights – or Sam Darnold vs. Patriots. Based on the transitive property, it would be a contest bet, wouldn’t it? Math has never failed us before, but we know better. We know that’s not how football works.
The Vikings must be a favourite, but I’m also happy to see everyone give Detroit the recognition they deserve. Detroit doesn’t have the same defense as Philadelphia, and we all know Kirk Cousins struggles hard in the rush games. Thus we should not expect a repeat of last week’s performance. This game should be a penalty shootout and as long Irv Smith Jr continues to drop confirmed touchdown passesBlack will have a good chance of moving above .500.