NFL Future Win Totals Over/Under Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions come off a 2016 season that resulted in their second playoff appearance in three years but were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks to see themselves eliminated in the first round eight times in a row. They’ll look for redemption this season with the opportunity to get to the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since ’94-’95. This resurgent NFC North team’s pre-season over/under win total has been set at 8.0 and will look to surpass that threshold with the help of one of the game’s best, Matthew Stafford.

 Detroit Lions Wins 8.0 Over/Under: UNDER

Stafford enters his ninth season with the Lions after a solid campaign last year. Most notably we’re the NFL record setting eight fourth-quarter comeback wins that he was right at the center of. Stafford has lost a weapon in Anquan Boldin who is a free agent and had 67 receptions, 584 yards and eight touchdowns. Detroit’s defense takes a hit as well and will be without safety Rafael Bush, defensive end Devin Taylor and linebacker DeAndre Levy.

 

The Lions rounded out their offensive line adding 2016 pro-bowler TJ Lang and offensive tackle Rick Wagner in the trenches. On the other side of the ball, Detroit hopes to improve the defense that was ranked 18th in yards allowed. They’ve welcomed defensive tackle Jordan Hill and linebackers Paul Worrilow, Nick Bellore as well first draft pick Jarrad Davis.

Running back Ameer Abdullah returns after missing almost all of 2016 with a foot injury suffered in week two. He will be a welcomed sight for Lions’ fans whose team was ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing. The backfield tandem of Abdullah and Theo Riddick could be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses after Riddick had 80 receptions and was tied for the lead among running backs in 2015.

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The Lions were perhaps the luckiest team in the NFL last year with all the comeback wins. Many were surprised to see Detroit win nine games and play in the NFC wildcard game especially after a three-game slide to end the season. Despite having a franchise quarterback, they lack the reliable tools needed to help him successfully navigate opposing defenses. The Lions also look ahead to a tough schedule in 2017 that starts with the Cardinals, Giants (away), Falcons, Vikings (away), Panthers and Saints (away). After a week seven bye, they’ll face the Packers twice. Detroit looks outmatched more often than not on paper and the surest bet is the under here.


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Detroit Lions Schedule

Sun, Sep 10 vs Cardinals 1:00 PM
Mon, Sep 18 @ Giants 8:30 PM
Sun, Sep 24 vs Falcons 1:00 PM
Sun, Oct 1
@
Vikings
1:00 PM
Sun, Oct 8
vs
Panthers
1:00 PM
Sun, Oct 15
@
Saints
1:00 PM
Sun, Oct 29
vs
Steelers
8:30 PM
Mon, Nov 6
@
Packers
8:30 PM
Sun, Nov 12
vs
Browns
1:00 PM
Sun, Nov 19
@
Bears
1:00 PM
Thu, Nov 23
vs
Vikings
12:30 PM
Sun, Dec 3
@
Ravens
1:00 PM
Sun, Dec 10
@
Buccaneers
1:00 PM
Sat, Dec 16
vs
Bears
4:30 PM
Sun, Dec 24
@
Bengals
1:00 PM
Sun, Dec 31
vs
Packers
1:00 PM

Under -130