It was yet another rebuilding season in Detroit for the first year of the Dan Campbell era. The Lions struggled to a start of 0-10-1 in 2021, but the team managed to show some improvement over the final month of the regular season to finish up with a mark of 3-13-1.
While there remains plenty of work to do, the Lions may have found their answer on the sidelines. NFL odds aren’t painting an optimistic picture, but some steps forward could be on the way. Detroit opens the season at home in Week 1 with a visit from the Philadelphia Eagles. Here’s a closer look at the latest Detroit Lions odds and angles.
Detroit Lions odds: Spread, moneyline and over/under
Week 1 odds: Lions open as home underdogs to Eagles
The Eagles were a surprise playoff team last year at 9-8 before losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild card round. The Lions struggled to a mark of 3-13-1, the worst in the NFC.
Entering this season, Philadelphia could end up competing for the NFC East title. Sportsbooks are tempering expectations for Detroit once again, but the club could show some improvement.
- Moneyline: These two clubs squared off at Ford Field last season in Week 8. The end result was a 44-6 laugher for Philadelphia. This year, Detroit is listed at +170 on the moneyline to settle the score with a victory.
- Spread: The Lions won only three games last season, but each of the victories happened at home. The Lions are four-point home underdogs for opening week against Philadelphia.
- Over/Under: For Week 1 totals, this game falls into the middle as one of several contests with a current over/under between 44-47 points (46.5). The Lions were 7-10 on overs last year, while the Eagles were 10-8.
Detroit Lions odds to win the Super Bowl
Last Updated: June 30
DraftKings released its odds back in January. The Lions were toward the back of the pack at +10000. Since that point, the Lions odds to win Super Bowl has gotten even longer to +15000, which is tied with two other clubs and ahead of just a pair of other teams.
As the futures market sees it, don’t expect much out of the Lions this season. The team is in year two of a rebuilding project, but some progress over last year’s results isn’t out of the question. The Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the current Super Bowl favorites.
Here’s what the best Super Bowl odds for Detroit look like at major sports betting sites:
Detroit Lions futures odds for 2022-23 season
The Lions may be an extreme long shot to win the next Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean that futures bettors have to completely avoid the club. Here’s what the latest lines are telling us about the possibilities for Detroit this season:
Regular season win total
The Lions have one of the lower win totals at DraftKings, but more than six wins would be a marked improvement over last year’s three-win campaign. Detroit opens the season on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 11.
Odds to win the NFC North
BetMGM Sportsbook: +900
The Lions have finished fourth in the NFC North four seasons in a row. Current lines suggest it could happen again, as they’re well behind the Green Bay Packers (-185) and Minnesota Vikings (+275). The Chicago Bears are tied with Detroit to win NFC North at +900.
Odds to win the NFC
Caesars Sportsbook: +6000
Current NFC futures market odds at Caesars place the Lions in the bottom tier of teams. They share matching +6000 odds with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago. The Atlanta Falcons are at the bottom at +10000, while Tampa Bay is first at +340.
Jared Goff NFL MVP odds
FanDuel Sportsbook: +15000
Jared Goff is well down the list of MVP contenders at FanDuel, and understandably so since books don’t appear to expect much out of the Lions offense once again. Josh Allen (+700) is the current favorite, then Patrick Mahomes (+800) and Tom Brady (+800).
Season-long player prop odds
- Most passing yards: Jared Goff +5000
- Most rushing yards: D’Andre Swift +6000
- Most receiving yards: Amon-Ra St. Brown +4000
The Lions appear to be a ways away from contending, so it’s pretty tough to see any of the above being among the league leaders. However, Swift and Brown have shown some flashes when the ball is in their hands.
Detroit Lions 2022-2023 schedule
|1||Sept. 11||at Philadelphia Eagles||1 p.m. ET||PHI -4||Eagles (-200), Lions (+170)||46.5 pts|
|2||Sept. 18||vs. Washington Commanders||1 p.m. ET|
|3||Sept. 25||at Minnesota Vikings||1 p.m. ET|
|4||Oct. 2||vs. Seattle Seahawks||1 p.m. ET|
|5||Oct. 9||at New England Patriots||1 p.m. ET|
|7||Oct. 23||at Dallas Cowboys||1 p.m. ET|
|8||Oct. 30||vs. Miami Dolphins||1 p.m. ET|
|9||Nov. 6||vs. Green Bay Packers||1 p.m. ET|
|10||Nov. 13||at Chicago Bears||1 p.m. ET|
|11||Nov. 20||at New York Giants||1 p.m. ET|
|12||Nov. 24||v.s Buffalo Bills||12:30 p.m. ET|
|13||Dec. 4||vs. Jacksonville Jaguars||1 p.m. ET|
|14||Dec. 11||vs. Minnesota Vikings||1 p.m. ET|
|15||Dec. 18||at New York Jets||1 p.m. ET|
|16||Dec. 25||at Carolina Panthers||1 p.m. ET|
|17||Jan. 1||vs. Chicago Bears||1 p.m. ET|
|18||Jan. 7 OR Jan. 8||at Green Bay Packers||TBD|
Detroit Lions news and notes
The Lions didn’t make any major splashes during free agency, but the club did manage to bolster its ranks on both sides of the ball. Key signings include WR D.J. Chark and S DeShon Elliott, while departures include LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin.
With the second-overall pick in the NFL draft, meanwhile, Detroit played it safe and went with DE Aidan Hutchinson, an intriguing prospect out of the University of Michigan. The club also had the 12th pick and selected WR Jameson Williams, followed by DE Josh Paschal in round two. It’ll take time, but the Lions’ rebuilding efforts could bear fruit.
Detroit Lions FAQ
Will the Lions be any better this season?
The Lions have a realistic chance to improve on last year’s three-win season. DraftKings has the current over/under on team wins at 6.5. However, the club still appears likely to be battling for third place at best in the NFC North with the Bears.
How did the Lions do against the spread last year?
Detroit went 11-6 against the spread last season, which was one of the better records in the league. However, the team was just 3-13-1 on the moneyline. The Lions closed out the season at 7-10 on the over/under.
Whom did the Lions add and lose in the offseason?
Additions include D.J. Chark and DeShon Elliott in free agency, while Jalen Reeves-Maybin is among those who left. At the NFL draft, the team’s top three picks were Aidan Hutchinson, Jameson Williams, and Josh Paschal.
Who is the starting QB for the Lions?
Jared Goff remains atop the depth chart in Detroit. The team passed on selecting a QB at this year’s NFL draft. Tim Boyle is the apparent backup, with David Blough as a third string.