For many moons, the Detroit Lions have been the laughingstock of the NFL. They’ve been the Cleveland Browns of the NFC, the clowns at the circus, the Packers’ little brothers who just want to get a seat at the adult table on Thanksgiving — but not anymore. Through two weeks, the Detroit Lions have shown life. They’ve shown grit. They’ve been enjoyable, and they’ve impressed numerous people across America. After Week 1 saw the Lions battle tough against one of the best teams in the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles, Week 2 saw the Lions jump out to a big lead early on the Washington Commanders. While the Commanders did claw their way back to bring the score within single digits, most onlookers agreed that the Lions never really lost control. They looked solid.
Now, anyone who’s been watching the Lions in recent years could’ve told you that their record wasn’t indicative of how good the team actually was. In 2021, the Lions had the second-worst record in the league. However, they were also 1-6-1 in one-possession games last year. That’s not normal. You’d expect a team to be about .500 in those situations. Detroit wasn’t anywhere close. Couple that with a more healthy offensive line, improved passing game weapons, and an improved pass rush, and it’s no wonder that the Lions are suddenly looking like kings in their jungle. They’ve also got one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, with 10 games against teams that were under .500 last season. Yeah, they’ll probably get smoked on national TV on Thanksgiving Day against the Buffalo Bills. That will probably turn a lot of people away from the Lions, but hey, the Rams also got smoked by the Bills on national TV and I don’t see anybody fading the Rams right now.
Sports bettors are the most intrigued by the Lions thus far. This whole week, the Lions have been a favorite at sportsbooks. On Tuesday, the Lions received 16.7 percent of bets to win the Super Bowl. That tied them with the Bills for the second-most, behind only the Kansas City Chiefs, who received 25 percent of all Super Bowl bets. This is shocking. When it comes to individual games, it’s normal to see bettors back the underdogs in hopes of massive payouts. However, that almost never happens when it comes to championship bets. The phrase is “any given Sunday,” not “any given season.”
Hell, the Lions still aren’t expected to even reach the playoffs. According to OddsChecker US, the Lions are listed at -350 to miss the playoffs, meaning they’re being given a 77.8 percent chance to miss the playoffs altogether. Despite their hot start, they still have +10000 odds to win the Super Bowl, putting them tied for 23rd in the NFL with the likes of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Washington Commanders. Should those odds be higher? Absolutely, especially given the fact that the Lions beat the Commanders convincingly in their home opener last weekend.
That’s probably why so many people are inclined to bet on the Lions this week. They noticed how hard the Lions laid the smack down on Washington, and the fact that they’re still tied with the Commanders in terms of Super Bowl odds is a slap in the face to Detroit’s early-season accomplishments.
It’s not simply the Tremendous Bowl odds that bettors love although. The Lions are essentially the most backed underdog to win this Sunday, receiving 66.7 % of moneyline bets as six-point underdogs to their division rivals, the Minnesota Vikings. Now, the Lions haven’t gained in Minnesota since 2017, however I perceive why so many individuals might see Detroit strolling away with a victory this Sunday. The obvious purpose is how every staff fared of their video games in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles. Whereas neither staff received out to a sizzling begin, the Lions confirmed combat, clawing again to make it a detailed recreation by the ultimate whistle. In the meantime, the Vikings couldn’t get something going. They seemed outclassed in opposition to Philadelphia, like a deer in headlights — or Sam Darnold in opposition to the Patriots. Based mostly on the transitive property, it’d be a slam dunk house run wager, proper? Math has by no means failed us earlier than, however we all know higher. We all know that isn’t how soccer works.
The Vikings needs to be a favourite, however I’m additionally glad to see everybody giving Detroit the credit score they deserve. Detroit doesn’t have the identical protection that Philadelphia does, and everyone knows that Kirk Cousins struggles mightily in primetime video games. Thus we shouldn’t anticipate a repeat efficiency of final week. This recreation needs to be a shootout, and so long as Irv Smith Jr. continues dropping certain landing passes, the Lions could have a reasonably good shot at transferring above .500.