The Lions opened as a 1-point favorite against the Bears in Week 5. When they hosted Chicago last season, the Lions went off as a 5-point underdog.
Early Las Vegas betting lines for the forthcoming season reflect higher expectations for Detroit. According to point spreads posted at Cantor Gaming sports books (M Resort, Cosmopolitan, Hard Rock, Tropicana), for instance, the Lions opened as just a 2-point underdog at Minnesota in Week 3. Last year, the Lions went off as a 13-point underdog when they played at Minnesota. Other notable early point spreads: The Lions opened at “pick ’em” against the Falcons in Week 7. The teams did not meet last season, but Atlanta finished 13-3. Detroit went off as a betting favorite in only three games last season and was never favored by more than 3.5 points. This coming season, the early line has Detroit favored by 4 against Kansas City and Minnesota, by 4.5 against San Francisco and by 7.5 against Carolina. This time last year, the odds on the Lions winning the Super Bowl were upwards of 100-1 in Las Vegas. This year, 30-1 is a more typical price.