All aboard the Detroit Lions bandwagon.
The Lions emerged as a classy group at sportsbooks this summer season, changing into the most well-liked wager to win the NFC, pet BetMGM (h/t Professional Soccer Discuss).
That does not imply the Lions are the favourite. The Eagles are rightfully the group with the very best odds of successful the convention, however extra individuals have wager on Detroit this offseason than every other group.
PFT notes: “Greater than 36 % of the bets on this season’s NFC champion have been positioned on the Lions, and greater than 34 % of the cash positioned to win the NFC has been on the Lions.”
That is a major quantity of the pie for a group with out a lot postseason success.
The franchise final reached the postseason in 2016 and has but to advance previous the wild-card spherical since 1991, when it misplaced within the NFC Championship Recreation. Because the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, that is the one season the Lions have performed for an NFC title.
The Lions are trending in the proper route, bettering to 9-8 in 2022 after posting a 3-13-1 file in 2021. Final season, the Lions ranked fourth in whole offense and fifth in scoring (26.6 factors per sport) however completed final in protection and fifth-worst in scoring protection (25.1 factors allowed per sport).
Detroit improved its protection this offseason by signing defensive backs C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Emmanuel Moseley and Cameron Sutton. Second-year execs Aidan Hutchinson and James Houston mixed for 17.5 sacks as rookies and will solely get higher. It is going to actually assist if the additions within the secondary trigger quarterbacks to carry on to the soccer a bit longer.
The Lions get an early litmus take a look at towards defending champs, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, in Week 1.