The 2020 Detroit Lions improved on their 2019 record but were still a Motor City disaster. The Lions finished the regular season with a record of 5-11 and fired head coach Matt Patricia in late November after a 4-7 start to the season. Detroit hasn’t made the postseason since 2016.
The Lions were a disaster to bet on against the spread last season, going 5-10-1 on the lines. In terms of over/unders, the Lions were 9-6-1.
It was a turning of the page in Detroit this past offseason, as longtime quarterback Matt Stafford was dealt to the Los Angeles Rams in January for QB Jared Goff, two first-round picks, and a third-rounder. A former number one overall pick of the Lions, Stafford spent twelve seasons in Detroit but was unable to register a single postseason win in his time there.
The rebuild of the Lions continues, this time under new head coach Dan Campbell. Wide receivers Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay signed elsewhere in free agency, and the Lions went out and signed Tyrell Williams to help at the wide receiver position. Cornerback Quinton Dunbar was also added in April, agreeing to a one-year deal.
T.J. Hockenson will be the biggest part of the Lions’ offense in 2021. The former eighth overall pick broke out last year, earning his first Pro Bowl appearance in the NFL. It will be interesting to see if he can replicate his 2020 stats with Goff superseding Stafford.
Through the draft, the Lions got the best offensive guard out there in tackle Penei Sewell. The former PAC-12 star will be a huge key to keeping Jared Goff upright in his first season with Detroit.
Action 247 Sportsbook has the Lions over/under for wins this season set at 5.5. Detroit has the worst odds to win the NFC North (+2500) and is listed as massive +14900 longshots to win Super Bowl 56. Only the Houston Texans have worse odds to hoist the Lombardi Trophy this season.