NFL Pro Football 2017 Detroit Lions Regular Season Win Odds Preview

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The Detroit Lions in the 2016 regular season finished with a record of 9-7 and were an NFC Wildcard team. Lions had a shot at an outright NFC North division but lost in Week 17 at home to Green Bay. That loss sent the Lions to the road in the NFC Wildcard game at Seattle where the team was beaten 26-6 as an 8 point underdog. It was a regular season collapse for Detroit losing three straight games. They hope to improve on the 30th ranked run game to aid their passing game. The Lions have a tough schedule with Arizona at home, Giants on the road, Atlanta at home, Vikings on the road and Carolina at home to begin the season.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Detroit Lions lined at 7 ½ wins with over favored at -120 odds with the under returning -110 odds.

It was another year for Matthew Stafford where he had very little help from his run game. The veteran quarterback enters his ninth year in the league. He completed 65.3% of his passes last year with 24 touchdowns and 10 picks. He did engineer eight fourth quarter comebacks and went 8-5 in close games decided by seven points or less. Durability is a strong point for Stafford as he has played in all 16 games as the starter the past six seasons. Detroit was in the bottom half of the league in both run and pass defense. Three of their first four picks in the draft came on the defensive side of the football. Their top two picks were drafted out of Florida with linebacker Jarrad Davis and corner Teez Tabor. Despite being a playoff team, the Lions scored fewer points than they gave up and gained fewer yards then they allowed. Head coach Jim Caldwell will enter his fourth year in Detroit and has only one playoff game in his tenure with the team. The offensive numbers have dipped in all three years Caldwell was with the team.

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