Detroit Lions Odds
As one of the longest-tenured NFL franchises, the Detroit Lions have also had one of the longest droughts, with just 12 postseason appearances since the AFL merger in 1966. Amazingly, the franchise has won just one playoff game since 1957.
The rebuild continues for the Lions, although now it at least seems to be on purpose. General manager Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell are each coming off their first season with the team, and while it ended with a 3-13-1 record, the team very clearly has its eye on the future.
That future now includes first-round picks Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams. They were two of college football’s most dominant players in 2021, and the hope is that translates to the next level.
Below, we’ve got everything you need to know about betting on the Lions, including where you can legally and safely bet on the best moneylines, spread and totals odds posted at Michigan online sportsbooks for the next Lions game.
This week’s Lions odds: Spread, Super Bowl & props
Here are the latest Lions odds including the best available point spreads for this week’s game, current Lions Super Bowl odds and select player props for NFL games. Click on any odds below to go straight to the online sportsbook, claim your bonus and start making your Lions bets.
This Week’s Lions Spread
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Next Up: Green Bay Packers
Betting Lines And Odds For Lions Vs. Packers
|Favorite||Spread||Favorite Spread Odds||Underdog Spread Odds||Total||Over Total Odds||Under Total Odds|
The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of January 9, 2022, 8:37 AM ET.
Lions Betting Trends
- Detroit has played 16 games, with 12 wins against the spread.
- The Lions have been underdogs by 3.5 points or more 15 times this season and are 11-4 ATS in those contests.
- Detroit's games this season have gone over the total in six out of 18 opportunities (33.3%).
Recent Meetings With The Packers
|12/13/2020||Lions||Packers||Packers, -9||56||GB, 31-24|
|9/20/2020||Packers||Lions||Packers, -6.5||50.5||GB, 42-21|
Betting Insights For The Packers Game
- Green Bay and its opponents have gone over the current 45-point total in 10 of 16 games (62.5%) this season.
- Detroit and its opponents have combined to score more than 45 points in nine of 18 games this season.
- Sunday's over/under is 0.7 points higher than the combined 44.3 PPG average of the two teams.
- This contest's total is 3.2 points fewer than the 48.2 these two squads combine to give up per game in 2020.
- The Packers and their opponents have scored an average of 47.3 points per game in 2020, 2.3 more than Sunday's total.
- In 2020, games involving the Lions have averaged a total of 45.7 points, 0.7 more than the set total in this contest.
Lions Player Insights
- Jared Goff leads Detroit with 3,007 passing yards (187.9 ypg) on 311-of-464 passing with 17 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions this season.
- D'Andre Swift's team-high 587 rushing yards (36.7 per game) have come on 144 carries, with four touchdowns this year. He's also added 436 yards (27.3 per game) on 58 catches with two touchdowns.
- Amon-Ra St. Brown's 803 receiving yards (50.2 yards per game) leads the team. He has 82 catches on 109 targets with four touchdowns.
- Charles Harris has 7.5 sacks to pace the team, and also has 10 TFL and 63 tackles.
- Tracy Walker is the team's leading tackler this year. He's racked up 94 tackles, three TFL, and one sack.
Detroit Lions Injuries
|Player||Pos.||Injury||Practice Participation||Game Status||Status Date|
Detroit Lions 2021-2022 Schedule
|1||September 12, 2021||vs San Francisco 49ers||L, 41-33||FOX|
|2||September 20, 2021||at Green Bay Packers||L, 35-17||ESPN (MNF)|
|3||September 26, 2021||vs Baltimore Ravens||L, 19-17||CBS|
|4||October 3, 2021||at Chicago Bears||L, 24-14||FOX|
|5||October 10, 2021||at Minnesota Vikings||L, 19-17||FOX|
|6||October 17, 2021||vs Cincinnati Bengals||L, 34-11||FOX|
|7||October 24, 2021||at Los Angeles Rams||L, 28-19||FOX|
|8||October 31, 2021||vs Philadelphia Eagles||L, 44-6||FOX|
|10||November 14, 2021||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||T, 16-16||FOX|
|11||November 21, 2021||at Cleveland Browns||L, 13-10||FOX|
|12||November 25, 2021||vs Chicago Bears||L, 16-14||FOX (TNF)|
|13||December 5, 2021||vs Minnesota Vikings||W, 29-27||CBS|
|14||December 12, 2021||at Denver Broncos||L, 38-10||FOX|
|15||December 19, 2021||vs Arizona Cardinals||W, 30-12||FOX|
|16||December 26, 2021||at Atlanta Falcons||L, 20-16||FOX|
|17||January 2, 2022||at Seattle Seahawks||L, 51-29||FOX|
|18||January 9, 2022||vs Green Bay Packers||-||FOX|
2021-22 Detroit Lions betting lines, spread results
|Week||Opponent||Summer (Lions)||Game week (Lions)||Kickoff line (Lions)||Result||Vs. Spread|
|1||vs. San Francisco 49ers||+7.5||+7.5||+9.5||L, 41-33||1-0|
|2||at Green Bay Packers||+8||+10.5||+11.5||L, 35-17||1-1|
|3||vs. Baltimore Ravens||+7.5||+9||+7.5||L, 19-17||2-1|
|4||at Chicago Bears||+5.5||+3.5||+3||L, 24-14||2-2|
|5||at Minnesota Vikings||+8.5||+8||+10||L, 19-17||3-2|
|6||vs. Cincinnati Bengals||+1||+3.5||+3.5||L, 34-11||3-3|
|7||at Los Angeles Rams||+12||+15.5||+16.5||L, 28-19||4-3|
|8||vs. Philadelphia Eagles||+1||+3||+3||L, 44-6||4-4|
|10||at Pittsburgh Steelers||+7.5||+9||+6||T, 16-16||5-4|
|11||at Cleveland Browns||+10||+10.5||+12.5||L, 13-10||6-4|
|12||vs. Chicago Bears||+3.5||+3.5||+2.5||L, 16-14||7-4|
|13||vs. Minnesota Vikings||+4||+7||+7||W, 29-27||8-4|
|14||at Denver Broncos||+7.5||+8||+12.5||L, 38-10||8-5|
|15||vs. Arizona Cardinals||+6.5||+14||+12.5||W, 30-12||9-5|
|16||at Atlanta Falcons||+7.5||+4.5||+7||L, 20-16||10-5|
|17||at Seattle Seahawks||+9.5||+7.5||+8.5||L, 51-29||10-6|
|18||vs. Green Bay Packers||N/A||+2.5||+3.5||W, 37-30||11-6|
How to read Detroit Lions betting lines
There are plenty of ways to bet on the Lions and the rest of the NFL all season long. Three of the most popular NFL odds for each game are the moneyline, spread, and totals. When you view the upcoming slate at legal sportsbooks, you’ll see each game listed out with odds for each.
- Green Bay Packers -200 -4 (-110) O 51.5 (-110)
- Detroit Lions +170 +4 (-110) U 51.5 (-110)
The three sets of numbers next to the two team names give you a peek into the minds of oddsmakers. There will be a favored side on the moneyline and spread, and estimated scoring on the Over/Under. Here’s what you need to know about each of the top NFL betting options.
Lions Moneyline odds
New and experienced bettors alike find a lot to love about the moneyline. The goal is simple: pick the winner of the matchup from the favorite or underdog.
- Green Bay Packers -200
- Detroit Lions +170
In this example from the PointsBet Michigan sportsbook app, the big range between the numbers points to the Packers being a sizable favorite. The closer the numbers get, the tighter the matchup that oddsmakers are anticipating.
Lions Point Spread
Point spread betting provides even more of a challenge. You get to choose the favorite minus the points or the underdog plus the number with the goal of covering the spread.
- Green Bay Packers -4 (-110)
- Detroit Lions +4 (-110)
Spreads can make even the most unattractive of matchups appealing from a betting perspective. Odds generally start at -110 on both sides and adjust in response to action.
Lions Over/Under (Totals) odds
You can bet on NFL games without worrying about which side will win or lose. Oddsmakers set the bar on Over/Under betting, and bettors then get to choose sides.
- Over 51.5 (-110)
- Under 51.5 (-110)
If you expect the game to be higher-scoring than the benchmark number, then you select Over, while those who expect fewer points to be scored will choose the Under.
Best sportsbook apps for betting on the Detroit Lions
Signing up for a sportsbook to bet on the Lions is quick and painless. After clicking through on our exclusive links to take advantage of the best sportsbook bonus offers, here’s what’s next: Enter a few details, complete the registration process, download the app from the site and log in.
That’s it! You’re looking at a couple of minutes of time in total. When you’re ready to bet on the Lions, you’ll have a number of options to consider, including:
- Upcoming games
- Odds to win the Super Bowl
- Division and conference title odds, plus regular-season win totals
How to bet on Lions props and futures odds
Although betting on Lions games is (hopefully) lots of fun, or at least a profitable experience, there’s more to consider on the sports betting menu. Props and futures are two of the other big features you’ll want to check out. Here’s what you need to know about both.
Lions prop betting
Prop betting on the NFL be found by clicking through to other opportunities on individual game listings. These are essentially side bets on specific game circumstances, such as:
- How many yards will Jared Goff throw for — over/under 275.5?
- Who will score the first rushing touchdown in the game — the Lions or the Dallas Cowboys?
- Will there be a defensive or special teams score in the game — yes or no?
Lions futures odds
Futures are wagers on events that will happen at a later date, such as which team will win the next Super Bowl. You can place your bets on the Lions to do that and also consider other options, including:
- Regular-season wins — over/under
- To win conference or division, or to make playoffs
- Individual awards — MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, select statistical leaders and other best NFL props
If you click on our NFL link/tab, you should see a direct listing for futures. After clicking there, you can begin exploring all of the different markets to hunt for opportunities.
Detroit Lions 2021 draft picks
The 2021 NFL Draft brought back consensus positive reviews for the Detroit Lions under bspins general manager Brad Holmes. The club had a number of holes to fill, and early returns suggest they hit most of the right notes (although wide receiver depth still looks to be an issue). Here are the bspinsest Detroit Lions draft picks.
|3||72||Alim McNeill||DT||N.C. State|
|4||112||Amon-Ra St. Brown||WR||USC|
|7||257||Jermar Jefferson||RB||Oregon State|
Sewell was the first player taken along either line of scrimmage and projects as a star offensive lineman for years down the road. The selection of two defensive tackles on the second day of the draft raised some eyebrows. And even though St. Brown brings attractive raw potential among analytics experts, they also think the Lions should have done more at receiver.
In the end, however, the reviews for Holmes’ first draft were positive and have a clear long-haul rebuild process in mind.
Over the past decade, the draft haul has been more miss than hit for the Lions, but the club has nailed it in a couple of spots. Here are some of the most notable selections over the last few years.
- D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia, Rd 2, 2020
- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa, Rd 1, 2019
- Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn, Rd 2, 2018
- Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois, Rd 3, 2017
- Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State, Rd 1, 2016
- Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke, Rd 1, 2015
- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina, Rd 1, 2014
- Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU, Rd 2, 2014
- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU, Rd 1, 2013
- Darius Slay, DB, Mississippi State, Rd 2, 2013
How did the Lions do last year?
The Lions entered the 2021 season with the franchise very clearly looking to rebuild.
Dan Campbell took over as the first head coach under bspins general manager Brad Holmes. The Lions also traded longtime quarterback Matthew Stafford in the offseason, sending him to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a pair of first-round draft picks and quarterback Jared Goff.
That clearly worked for the Rams, who won the Super Bowl.
Whether or not that will work out for the Lions is still yet to be seen, as their 3-13-1 record in 2021 wasn’t the point of the trade. What those draft picks return, and what that means for the future of the franchise will eventually tell that tale.
The record tells most of the story for the Lions 2021 season, but it did, amazingly, end with some optimism. They opened the season 0-10-1 before picking up their first victory in Week 13 against the Minnesota Vikings.
They would also defeat the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers down the stretch, knocking them out of the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, but perhaps gaining some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason.
Top five Detroit Lions players of all time
Although the Lions haven’t had a ton of postseason success through the years, the club has still had its fair share of stellar players. Here’s a look at five of the best in franchise history.
1. Barry Sanders, RB
When the conversation turns to the best Lions player of all time, Sanders is one of the first names to come to mind. The electric running back was one of the best at the position in the annals of the NFL, winning the NFL MVP award in 1997 and being selected as a six-time first-team All-Pro over his 10-year career. Sanders is fourth all-time in NFL rushing yards with 15,269.
2. Bobby Layne, QB
When the Lions had their impressive run of success in the 1950s, Layne was a big reason why. After lighting it up in the college ranks with Texas, he began his pro career with the Chicago Bears. Layne came to Detroit in 1950 and really took off, becoming a fixture on the first- or second-team All-Pro squad throughout the decade. Stafford has busted all of his team records in the modern era, but Layne remains a huge part of Lions lore.
3. Calvin Johnson, WR
Megatron got his moniker for his strength and seemingly machine-like abilities to make catches on the field. He amassed seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons, including an NFL record of 1,964 yards in 2012 that still stands entering the 2021 season. He led the league in receiving yards that year, of course, and also in 2011. He was tops in receptions in 2012, with 122. The Georgia Tech alum and Pro Football Hall of Fame member still holds Lions team records for receptions (731) and receiving yards (11,619).
4. Lem Barney, CB
An inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992, Barney spent his entire career with the Lions. From 1967 to 1977, Barney made life miserable for opposing QBs, picking off 56 passes and returning seven for scores. He was also stellar in the return and a seven-time Pro Bowl selection during his career. Barney was the recipient of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award in 1967.
5. Alex Karras, DT
A one-year suspension for gambling on games in 1963 is one claim to fame for Karras, but there’s much more to the story. A dominant force along the defensive line, he’s a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1960s and a recent enshrinee into the . Karras was a first- or second-team All-Pro selection nine times over his 12-year career.
All told, 21 players who have spent time with the Lions have made it to the Hall of Fame. The team has retired the numbers of eight players, while 18 are included on the franchise’s ring of honor.
Lions’ quarterbacks over the past 20 years
Jared Goff’s arrival in 2021 is the first real changing of the guard under center in a while for the Lions. But before Matthew Stafford came to town via the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, the Lions had a bit of a revolving door at QB. Here’s a look at who has taken those snaps since the turn of the century, listed by season and number of starts made.
- 2020: Matthew Stafford (16)
- 2019: Matthew Stafford (8), David Blough (5), Jeff Driskel (3)
- 2018: Matthew Stafford (16)
- 2017: Matthew Stafford (16)
- 2016: Matthew Stafford (16)
- 2015: Matthew Stafford (16)
- 2014: Matthew Stafford (16)
- 2013: Matthew Stafford (16)
- 2012: Matthew Stafford (16)
- 2011: Matthew Stafford (16)
- 2010: Shaun Hill (10), Matthew Stafford (3), Drew Stanton (3)
- 2009: Matthew Stafford (10), Daunte Culpepper (5), Drew Stanton (1)
- 2008: Dan Orlovsky (7), Daunte Culpepper (5), Jon Kitna (4)
- 2007: Jon Kitna (16)
- 2006: Jon Kitna (16)
- 2005: Joey Harrington (11), Jeff Garcia (5)
- 2004: Joey Harrington (16)
- 2003: Joey Harrington (16)
- 2002: Joey Harrington (12), Mike McMahon (4)
- 2001: Charlie Batch (9), Ty Detmer (4), Mike McMahon (3)
- 2000: Charlie Batch (15), Stoney Case (1)
Most notable Lions head coaches
Since entering the NFL in 1930 as the Portsmouth Spartans, the Lions franchise has employed 30 coaches in total, including those on an interim basis. Here are some of the most noteworthy accomplishments of those who have roamed the sidelines in Detroit.
- Longest tenure: 133 games; Wayne Fontes (1988-96), 66-67
- Coach of the Year winners: Fontes (1991), George Wilson (1957), Buddy Parker (1956)
- Most playoff appearances: Fontes, five; Parker, four
- Playoff wins: Parker, three
- Best winning percentage: Parker, .667 (47-23-2), 1951-56
Matt Patricia was fired with six games remaining in the 2020 season and finished with a record of 13-28-1. He had previously been on staff with the New England Patriots from 2004-17. Darrell Bevell and Robert Prince finished the season as interim coaches before current head man Dan Campbell was hired in the offseason.
Detroit Lions stadium
The Lions have made their bspins at Ford Field since the stadium opened in 2002. The Pontiac Silverdome served as the previous venue for bspins games. Here are some of the key details on the current digs.
- Name: Ford Field
- Location: 2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226
- Groundbreaking: November 1999
- Opening day: Aug. 24, 2002
- Construction cost: $500 million
- Renovations: 2017
- Capacity: 65,000 for football, expandable to 70,000
- Attendance record: 80,103 for Wrestlemania 23 in 2007
- Surface: FieldTurf
- Other notable current events: Quick Lane Bowl, MHSAA Football Finals
Where to stream or listen to Lions games
You have a number of options for catching all of the Detroit Lions football games this season. The majority of the team’s games are scheduled to be part of the Sunday afternoon slate, which means that you can find broadcast coverage on either CBS or FOX.
As the full slate plays out, you’ll also be able to catch highlights on NFL RedZone, while NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers have access to all games as well. The Thanksgiving Day bspins game in 2021 will likely be on FOX. The full NFL schedule should be released in mid-May.
To live stream Detroit Lions games, you also have several options to consider. CBS and FOX are part of a number of cord-cutting packages, and both networks offer web or mobile access with sign-in via a valid television provider.
Yahoo! Sports and NFL Mobile also provide coverage of local and primetime games via apps, and there’s also an official Lions iOS app that is available to fans in-market. In short, you have plenty of ways to make sure you don’t miss a second of Lions action.
Detroit Lions play-by-play/radio
The flagship radio station for Lions radio broadcasts is moving back to WXYT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in Detroit in 2021 after a stint with WJR-AM 760. Dan Miller handles play-by-play duties for Lions games, while former Lions offensive lineman Lomas Brown is tasked with color commentary.
The broadcast is also picked up by a number of affiliate stations throughout the state of Michigan. You can also receive the live local call for games with a subscription to NFL GamePass, TuneIn or an advanced SiriusXM Radio package.
Detroit Lions franchise history
As members of the NFC North, the Lions have natural division rivalries with the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. The club plays six games per season versus division foes, and all are big highlights on the schedule.
Unfortunately, the Lions have been unable to win the division since 1993, at which time it was known as the NFC Central. The club has been able to make it to the postseason seven times as a wild-card entry since that point, with the last appearance coming in 2016.
Let’s take a look at several of the key details from franchise history, including the statistical leaders in a number of categories.
- Passing yards: Matthew Stafford, 45,109
- Rushing yards: Barry Sanders, 15,269
- Receiving yards: Calvin Johnson, 11,619
- Scoring: Jason Hanson, 2,150 points
- Touchdowns: Barry Sanders, 109
- Tackles: Chris Spielman, 1,020
- Fumbles recovered: 17, Chris Spielman, Lem Barney, Joe Schmidt
- Sacks: Robert Porcher, 95.5
- Interceptions: Dick LeBeau, 62
- Retired numbers: Six — Dutch Clark, Barry Sanders, Bobby Layne, Doak Walker, Joe Schmidt, Chuck Hughes
- Hall-of-Famers: 21; Alex Karras was the most recent inductee, in 2020
- NFL titles: Four — 1935, 1952, 1953, 1957
- Conference titles: Four — 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957
- Division titles: Four — 1935, 1983, 1991, 1993
- Playoff appearances: 17, last in 2016
The Lions have been in the Ford family since 1963. William Clay Ford purchased the club in 1963 for $6 million and served at the helm until 2013 He was succeeded by Martha Firestone Ford, who recently handed the reins over to Sheila Ford Hamp. Prior to the Ford family acquiring control, there were three other leadership tenures for the franchise.
- Lyle Fife and Edwin Anderson, 1948-1960
- Fred Mandel, 1940-1947
- George Richards, 1936-1939
The Lions are one of 12 NFL teams to have never won the Super Bowl, and also members of an even smaller club that has never reached the “big game”. Detroit is one of four franchises to hold that distinction, along with the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Lions won four NFL championships in the pre-Super Bowl era, the last of which occurred in 1957.
In a word, tradition. The team has played at bspins on Thanksgiving Day since the 1934 season. George Richards, the owner at the time, was also the owner of radio station WJR. He negotiated a deal to have the game carried nationwide via the NBC Radio Network. Lions bspins games on the holiday have been a staple ever since.
Six members of the Lions have had their numbers retired by the franchise. Here are the details on each player’s time in Detroit, listed in order by playing number.
- 7 — Dutch Clark, QB, 1934-1938
- 20 — Barry Sanders, RB, 1989-1998 (Famous Lions Lem Barney and Billy Sims also wore No. 20)
- 22 — Bobby Layne, QB and K, 1950-1958
- 37 — Doak Walker, HB, K and P, 1950-1955
- 56 — Joe Schmidt, LB, 1953-1965
- 85 — Chuck Hughes, WR, 1970-1971
According to the latest NFL franchise valuation numbers from Forbes in 2019, the Lions were valued at $1.95 billion. Although that’s a staggering sum, that only places them in 31st place out of 32 franchises, ahead of only the Buffalo Bills at $1.9 billion. The Dallas Cowboys are atop the list at $5.5 billion, followed by the New England Patriots at $4.1 billion and the New York Giants at $3.9 billion.
Back in 2017, the Lions finished with a record of 9-7. That was the second consecutive year that the franchise hit the mark, but it was good enough for a wild-card berth in 2016. That wasn’t the case the following season, and the club parted ways with head coach Jim Caldwell afterwards. Matt Patricia was handed the reins in the offseason, before being subsequently fired in 2020.
We have to go back to 1993 for the answer to this question. The team was a member of the NFC Central at the time, along with the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Vikings and Packers finished up the year at 9-7 and snagged wild-card berths, but the Lions bested them both with a mark of 10-6 to take down the division. Unfortunately, that didn’t translate into postseason success, as the club lost at bspins to the Packers by a score of 30-20 on wild card weekend.