The Detroit Lions didn’t do well in 2020 regardless of who was coaching them. Matt Patricia was fired when the team went 4-7. The club then went 1-4 after Darrell Bevell came in as the interim leader.
The team’s poor performance led to the decision to start rebuilding, as the team’s move to trade Matthew Stafford shows. While the team has a substantial bounty of high-value draft picks in the next few years, it will be a good bit before the Lions can contend once more.
This NFL betting report on the Lions’ 2020 season shows that the club wasn’t up to par. The team’s performance in the over/under also says more about the defense than it does about the offense. The club showed they weren’t ready to contend regardless of who was the head coach at the time.
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The Detroit Lions had the worst defense in the NFL in 2020. The team surrendered 32 points per game and allowed about 420 yards of offense on average. The club allowed at least thirty points in ten games, and they gave up forty or more in half those matches. An underperforming Houston Texans club defeated the Lions 41-25, for example.
The weak defense is part of what the Lions went 10-6 on the over/under. The defense even prompted the sportsbooks to raise the over/under values late in the season.
The team barely went under the total in two late games. The club had an over/under of 55 in a game with Tampa Bay Buccaneers where they won 47-7. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Lions 31-24 with a 55.5 total.
The Detroit Lions went 7-9 against the spread in 2020. The Lions were underdogs for most of the season, although they were favorites in cases where the team was playing against a club with a poor offense.
But even then, the Lions couldn’t do much against those teams. The Lions were a -3 favorite against the Carolina Panthers in November, and the Panthers managed a 20-0 shutout.
The Lions saw some lofty spreads late in the season, and the team still could not overcome those totals. The team was at +9.5 for a game with the Tennessee Titans where they lost 46-25. The Lions were also +12 underdogs against Tampa Bay in a game where the Buccaneers won by forty points.
What to See in 2021
The Detroit Lions had a rough 2021 that led to the team choosing to tear things down and start rebuilding. Dan Campbell is the team’s new coach, and the club traded Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams.
The Lions acquired former Rams quarterback Jared Goff and a few high-value draft picks for the next couple of years. But it will be a while before the Lions can compete again. Wide receivers Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay are also free agents this offseason, thus making the situation in Detroit even tougher.
The sportsbooks agree that the Lions will not go far. The team has the worst odds to win Super Bowl LVI, as they have a +12000 line to win the game. The Lions also have the worst odds of any team to win their division with a +2700 line to win the NFC North.
The Detroit Lions aren’t going to have much of a chance to win in 2021, even if they do have a quarterback that has been around for a few years now. The team will still be an option for NFL betting, but it would likely be from people feeling that the Lions’ opponents will be dominant throughout the season.
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*Odds correct at time of writing.
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