It’s never to early to take a look at this season’s playoff chances, division winners and Super Bowl odds. Do you have a hunch where the Detroit Lions are projected? Let’s take a look.
Recently Caesars Sportsbook released odd for all 32 NFL teams. I know you want to hear where the Detroit Lions landed, and let me give you a hint, it’s nothing to get excited about.
It’s been a hectic offseason for General Manager (GM) Bob Quinn. The Detroit Lions have begun to re-tool their atrocious defense of last season. The Lions released disgruntled defensive tackle Damon Harrison and traded All-Pro corner Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Quinn was able to replace both of those starters quickly. Danny Shelton is a former New England Patriots interior lineman; he’s the perfect fit for Matt Patricia’s defensive scheme. Shelton is a former Patriot that surprisingly didn’t cross-over with either Quinn or Patricia. Detroit also brought in free agent corner Desmond Trufant to ideally start as the right corner, replacing Rashaan Melvin. Preferably, the Detroit Lions draft Jeff Okudah to immediately become the team’s top corner, replacing Slay on the left side.
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Detroit has also brought in linebacker Jamie Collins to replace captain Devon Kennard who was also oddly released this winter as well. Collins will be the most impactful free-agent addition this offseason. The Lions have also signed Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Nick Williams, Tony McRae, Reggie Ragland, Elijah Lee, Geronimo Allison, Chase Daniel, and Jayron Kearse.
What does all that amount to in the eyes of Caesars Sportsbook?
Caesars expects the Green Bay Packers or the Minnesota Vikings to win the NFC North with a +175 clip, the Bears are expected to finish third at +225, and the Detroit Lions come in with the worst odds to capture the NFC North title with +950 odds.
The under/over for regular-season wins is once again interesting. Caesars has placed the Detroit Lions win total at 6.5 victories. Look on the bight side of things, this was a three-win team a year ago, and a six-win squad two years ago. Don’t be too disappointed, though; maybe the Lions are starting to climb their way out of the basement. At least the under/over isn’t set at 3.5, right?
The Vikings lead the way with an under/over of 9, followed by the Packers at 8.5 and the Bears at 8.5. Call me crazy, but I expect the Bears to finish in the NFC North basement next season with Nick Foles under center. It’s an upgrade to Mitchell Trubisky, but Foles will still be the least talented starting quarterback in the division.
The Detroit Lions are 60-1 to win the 2021 Super Bowl, better than the 100-1 in January, but Detroit still lies firmly near the bottom of the NFL.
The rest of the North shapes up like this, Green Bay with the best Super Bowl odds of 16-1, Chicago at 25-1, and Minnesota at 30-1. So why are the Vikings win total, set as the highest in the division, but they have the third-best Super Bowl odds? That seems a bit odd to me indeed. Pun fully intended.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the worst odds at 125-1, followed closely by Bengals and Dolphins with odds of 100-1. Kansas City is set as the early favorite at 4-1 to repeat, followed by last year’s runner-up the 49ers at 7-1 for a Super Bowl championship.