It’s all about Matthew Stafford. Last year the 31-year-old struggled in what was arguably his worst NFL season. The Lions win total is listed at 6.5 at Sports Interaction.
The Lions finished the 2018 season with a 6-10 record (straight up), and a 9-7 mark against the spread, covering 56.5 percent of their games. They were also 10-6 to the under during the regular season.
The bottom line – it’s all about Matthew Stafford. Last year the 31 year old struggled in what was arguably his worst NFL season. The year before that, he was a top-six quarterback by every major statistical measure. Now with a new offense in place, which version shows up? Stafford is a massive underdog paying +6300 at Sports Interaction to lead the NFL in passing yards.
Detroit Lions Acquisitions and Moves
Head Coach Matt Patricia made it a priority this off-season to bring in a couple of key players he has worked with in the past in New England. Defensive End Trey Flowers (Patriots) will help ease the departure of Ziggy Ansah to the Seahawks. On offence, utility Receiver Danny Amendola (Dolphins) has a good relationship with Patricia, and will provide a veteran presence in the locker room. The team also signed Running back CJ Anderson (Rams), Tight End Jesse James (Steelers). Both will see regular action in the offence this upcoming season.
With their first round pick, the team selected Tight End TJ Hockenson. After a standout season at the University of Iowa, Hockenson is expected to make a large leap into the NFL, and is currently a top-five favourite at Sports Interaction for Offensive Rookie of the Year, paying +1200.
Detroit Lions 2019 NFL Schedule
The Lions are tied for 19th in strength of schedule. Opponents they face this year were a combined 125-127-4, for a winning percentage of .496 last season.
Lions fans always look forward to Thanksgiving Day. Of course the food is always outstanding but it’s also a big-time tradition for the city to host this game. This year the Lions host division rival Chicago in an afternoon start to kick off the day.
The crunch of the schedule happens early in the season for the Lions. Between week two and week seven, the team is going to be hard pressed to come out even. With match-ups against the Chargers, Eagles, Chiefs, Packers and Vikings, all five teams are expected to compete for a post season spot.
The Lions play three prime-time games, including a big Sunday night battle against the Packers in Green Bay.
Week 1: at Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 8 (4:25 p.m.)
Week 2: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 15 (1 p.m.)
Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 22 (1 p.m.)
Week 4: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 29 (1 p.m.)
Week 5: Bye
Week 6: at Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Oct. 14 (8:20 p.m.)
Week 7: vs. Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 20 (1 p.m.)
Week 8: vs. New York Giants, Sunday, Oct. 27 (1 p.m.)
Week 9: vs. Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 3 (4:05 p.m.)
Week 10: at Chicago Bears, Sunday, Nov. 10 (1 p.m.)
Week 11: vs. Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 17 (1 p.m.)
Week 12: at Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 24 (1 p.m.)
Week 13: vs. Chicago Bears, Thursday, Nov. 28 (12:30 p.m.)
Week 14: at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 8 (1 p.m.)
Week 15: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 15 (1 p.m.)
Week 16: at Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 22 (1 p.m.)
Week 17: vs. Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 29 (1 p.m.)
Detroit Lions NFL Betting Odds
Sports Interaction places the Lions win total at 6.5, with a slight lean on the over. They are expected to finish last in the division, paying +1200 to pull off the upset and win it. Speaking off upsets, the Lions come in at +3900 to win the conference, and a crazy +6600 to win the Super Bowl.
Detroit Lions Prediction
The NFC North has three teams that could qualify for the post season, and the Lions come in fourth on that list. Expect the Lions to likely go under its 6.5-win total, and finish last in the division. Prediction: 6-10 regular season.