Detroit Lions 2017-18 NFL Season Preview Football Odds & Free Predictions

by Aengus Moorehead

Detroit Lions 2017-18 NFL Season Preview Football Odds & Free Predictions

The Story:
Many observers projected an offensive decline from the Detroit Lions with the shocking retirement of wide receiver and future Hall-of-Famer Calvin Johnson but the numbers basically stayed the same and were not for the injured index finger which quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered with four games to go in the season, it would certainly have been significantly loftier. Stafford was enjoying a fine season until the setback and the Lions lost their last three games of the season and were denied a first division title since 1993. They eventually made the postseason but with Stafford clearly not himself, they went to lose 26-6 to the Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card game. The Lions won 9 games last season and there is no reason why the number of wins could fluctuate this year with a healthy Stafford. His offensive line was upgraded big time with the signing of G T.J. Lang and OT Ricky Wagner and not only their presence will help Stafford identifying his receivers, they could also pave the way for the tandem of running backs consisting of Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah.

Abdullah missed 14 games last season with a broken foot and has impressed thus far in training camp and looks to be a lock to get most of the touches. Riddick also missed some significant time last season playing in 10 games and with the two healthy, Stafford will have a slew of options. The receiving duties will be tasked upon the familiar duo of Golden Tate and Marvin Jones who combined for 2,007 yards last season. Anquan Boldin has left for greener pastures and his replacement as the third receiver has yet to be confirmed. Tight end Eric Ebron has improved in each of his three seasons since being drafted 10th overall back in 2014. Injuries were also detrimental on the defensive side of the ball and the Lions addressed the situation by reinforcing the unit with multiple signings this offseason. DE Ezekiel Ansah should be back at full strength after dealing with an ankle issue throughout his 2016 campaign. The Pro-Bowler saw his sack production dwindled down from 14.5 in 2015 to just two last season. He will need to rebound as last year’s sack leader DE Kerry Hyder has suffered a significant Achilles injury last Sunday and his status to start the season is still in doubt

Detroit Lions Offseason Moves

Notable Additions: CB D.J. Hayden, DE Amonty Bryant, DT Akeem Spence, ILB Nick Bellore, ILB Paul Worrilow, G T.J. Lang, OT Ricky Wagner, OT Greg Robinson, OT Cyrus Kouandjio
Notable Departures: DE Devin Taylor, DT Stefan Charles, G Larry Warford, OLB DeAndre Levy, OLB Josh Bynes, OT Riley Reiff, S Rafael Bush, WR Anquan Boldin
1st and 2nd round Draft Picks: ILB Jarrad Davis (21), CB Teez Tabor (53)

2017-18 NFL Odds on Detroit Lions

  • Odds to win the 2018 Super Bowl: 66/1
  • Odds to win the 2017-18 NFC Conference: 28/1
  • Odds to Win the 2017-18 NFC North: +425
  • 2017-18 Regular Season Win Total: Over 8 (+150)
  • Odds to Make the Playoffs: Yes +300 | No -400
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  • Twitter Account : @Lions

Odds According to Bovada as of August 2017

Detroit Lions 2017-18 Schedules

W. Date Match Game site Time TV
P1 13-Aug @ Indianapolis Colts Lucas Oil Stadium 1:30 p.m. NFLN
P2 19-Aug New York Jets Ford Field 7:30 p.m.  
P3 25-Aug New England Patriots Ford Field 7:00 p.m.  
P4 31-Aug @ Buffalo Bills New Era Field 7:00 p.m.  
W. Date Match Game site Time TV
1 10-Sep Arizona Cardinals Ford Field 1:00 p.m. FOX
2 18-Sep @ New York Giants MetLife Stadium 8:30 p.m. ESPN
3 24-Sep Atlanta Falcons Ford Field 1:00 p.m. FOX
4 01-Oct @ Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium 1:00 p.m. FOX
5 08-Oct Carolina Panthers Ford Field 1:00 p.m. FOX
6 15-Oct @ New Orleans Saints Mercedes-Benz Superdome 1:00 p.m. FOX
7 Bye        
8 29-Oct Pittsburgh Steelers Ford Field 8:30 p.m. NBC
9 06-Nov @ Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 8:30 p.m. ESPN
10 12-Nov Cleveland Browns Ford Field 1:00 p.m. CBS
11 19-Nov @ Chicago Bears Soldier Field 1:00 p.m. FOX
12 23-Nov Minnesota Vikings Ford Field 12:30 p.m. FOX
13 03-Dec @ Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium 1:00 p.m. FOX
14 10-Dec @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium 1:00 p.m. FOX
15 16-Dec Chicago Bears Ford Field 4:30 p.m. NFLN
16 24-Dec @ Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium 1:00 p.m. FOX
17 31-Dec Green Bay Packers Ford Field 1:00 p.m. FOX

All Time Eastern

The Bottom Line:
There were some major upgrades on offense that could elevate the unit as elite and if Stafford and his crew can stay healthy, the Lions could light up the scoreboard at will. The defense can hold its own but Hyder’s injury sheds a shadow of gloom over an entity prone to go down into combat. If the Lions can battle their inner demons, they have all the ingredients to unseat the Packers in the division and I believe they will.

Detroit Lions Last year’s record: 9-7

Aengus NFL Prediction on Detroit Lions (11-5): Over 8 (+150) at Bovada

Bet on the Lions 2017-18 Season at Bovada Sportsbook.