The Detroit Lions have never won a Super Bowl. In fact, they’re one of only four teams in the entire league and the only team in the NFC to have never even made the finals. The Lions haven’t won a playoff game in 27 seasons and the team’s nine consecutive playoff losses have earned them the worst playoff-drought record in NFL history.
The worst part? It doesn’t seem like any of that’s going to change in 2019.
While sports gamblers aren’t exactly breaking down the door to put money on the Lions, the team does offer lots of interesting betting opportunities if you know where to look.
In this Lions team guide, we’ll evaluate Detroit’s chances in the coming season and explore such topics as:
- Tips and tricks for betting on the Detroit Lions.
- How Detroit is expected to stack up in the NFC North.
- The team’s most memorable historic accomplishments.
Detroit Lions Team History
The Detroit Lions organization played its first game in 1930. The franchise has won four league championships, four conference championships, eight division titles, and made 17 playoff appearances.
The Lions haven’t won a playoff game in more than 20,000 days, dating all the way back to the 1991 NFC divisional round.
Detroit has never won the NFC North and hasn’t won a divisional title since 1993 when they were playing in the NFC Central. The most recognizable names in franchise history include Barry Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Dick LeBeau, and Matthew Stafford.
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Detroit Lions FAQs
How much are the Detroit Lions worth?
During the 2017 season, the Lions organization generated $361 million in revenue and Forbes estimates the business to be worth $1.7 billion.
Who owns the Detroit Lions?
The Lions are owned by Martha Firestone Ford.
When did the Detroit Lions become a team?
The organization played its first season in 1930.
Have the Detroit Lions Won a Super Bowl?
No, the Lions have not won the Super Bowl.
What stadium and city do the Detroit Lions play in?
Since 2002, the Lions have played at Ford Field, located in Detroit, Michigan.
Where do the Lions have training camp?
The club holds the training camp at the Detroit Lions Training Facility, located in Allen Park, Michigan.
What is the Detroit Lions mascot?
Roary the Lion is the official mascot of the Detroit Lions.
What are the Detroit Lions team colors?
The Lions wear Honolulu blue and silver.
Detroit Lions Player Highlights
All-Time Team Leaders
|Games played||Jason Hanson |
|Passing Yards||Matthew Stafford||38,526|
|Passing TDs||Matthew Stafford||237|
|Receiving Yards||Calvin Johnson||11,619|
|Receiving TDs||Calvin Johnson||83|
|Rushing Yards||Barry Sanders||15,269|
|Rushing TDs||Barry Sanders||99|
|Points Scored (Kicker)||Jason Hanson||2,150|
Tips for Betting on Detroit Lions
The Lions’ 2018 season ended with the squad finishing fourth in the NFC North with a 6-10 record. QB Matthew Stafford steered an offense that finished in the bottom half of the league in every major category, while the defense managed to finish in the top 10 in ppg under new Head Coach, Matt Patricia.
The team’s biggest offseason acquisition was the free-agent signing of DE Trey Flowers, who played under Patricia in New England. TJ Hockenson, a TE out of Iowa, went to the Lions with the eighth overall pick.
The Lions ended the 2018 season as the league’s most consistent under totals bet team, hitting seven in a row and nine of their last ten. One of the reasons for their low scoring games was the anemic play of their offense, which finished 25th in the league with a meager 20.3 ppg.
Their offense didn’t add any major pieces in the offseason, with the exception of first-round TE, TJ Hockenson. If the Lions are going to have any success this season, they’re going to have to rely on defense, led by the likes of Darius Slay, Damon Harrison, and the newly-signed Trey Flowers.
In terms of covering the spread, the Lions hit five straight covers during weeks 2-6, but only hit four more the rest of the season.
Here are some key numbers for bettors to focus on:
- The Lions finished sixth in the league vs. the spread last season, going 9-7, finishing the year with a 56.2 cover percentage.
- The Lions were tied for the third-worst record in the league in terms of hitting Overs last season. They posted a 6-10 record on point totals last season.
- The Lions home schedule looks particularly daunting, having to face the Chargers, Chiefs, Cowboys, and Bears, all teams that won 10+ games and combined for a whopping 46 wins last season.
Start Betting on the Detroit Lions Now
This year the Lions are predicted to miss the playoffs for the fourth time in the Matthew Stafford era. But with one of the league’s best defenses and a penchant for consistently hitting the under, the Lions will still be on the radar for sports gamblers.
- Although sports betting is not currently legal in Michigan, the state has historically had an appetite to legalize sports gambling, due in part to the legal gambling options located north of the border in Ontario.
- There is a reason to be optimistic about finally getting the chance to make legal sports bets in Michigan. State Representative Brandt Iden has publicly announced that comprehensive sports betting legislation is going to be a priority for 2019.
Keep an eye on the latest developments with our guide to legal sports betting in Michigan.