The Detroit Lions’ 2022 season was a tale of resilience and resurgence.
Despite starting 1-6, Detroit ended the season on a high note, winning eight of its last ten games. This late-season rally showcased the potential that lies within this young, dynamic team.
But will it carry that momentum into 2023 now that expectations are sky-high?
Let’s take a closer look at the latest Lions betting odds for the upcoming campaign.
Lions Futures Betting Odds
Note: These NFL odds are current as of Thursday, June 8, and provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Win Super Bowl: +2200
- Win NFC Championship: +1000
- Win NFC North: +130
- Make Playoffs: Yes (-165) / No (+140)
- Regular-Season Win Total: Over 9.5 (-120) / Under 9.5 (+100)
Lions Super Bowl 58 Odds
Lions: Win Super Bowl (+2200)
The Lions’ NFL history has been marked by a long-standing struggle to reach the pinnacle of the sport. The franchise has never made it to the Super Bowl and won its last NFL Championship in 1957.
Although the momentum from the end of the 2022 campaign has carried into this offseason, this team still has much to prove.
Quarterback Jared Goff was elite last season at Ford Field (23 TDs, 3 INTs) but was a completely different player on the road (6 TDs, 4 INTs). That needs to even out for this team to be competitive.
And while Detroit helped its previously porous secondary with the free-agent signings of C.J. Gardner Johnson, Emmanuel Moseley, and Cameron Sutton, this defense still ranked near the bottom in DVOA last season.
Given the team’s history, expecting the Lions to win the Super Bowl in 2023 feels overly optimistic.
Lions NFC Championship Odds
Lions: Win NFC Championship (+1000)
It’s not just that the Lions haven’t been to the Super Bowl, but they haven’t come close.
The team’s last playoff victory came in 1991. That was eight years before top wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown was born.
While the 2021 fourth-round pick is a budding star in the league, he doesn’t have much help around him at receiver, especially with Jameson Williams set to serve a six-game suspension for sports betting.
The Lions have done a load of work to turn this roster around in a few short years, but it may be another year before they can compete with the likes of Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Dallas.
Lions NFC North Winner Odds
Lions: Win NFC North (+130)
The Lions have not won a division title since the NFC North was renamed; their last division title came in 1993 when they won the NFC Central.
Honestly, I can’t remember the last time they were the preseason favorites in the NFC North odds.
But with Aaron Rodgers no longer in the division and the Vikings likely to regress after a fraudulent 13-4 season, there’s a good chance that Dan Campbell‘s team could finally win an NFC North title in 2023.
Lions Make Playoffs Odds
Lions: Make Playoffs (-165)
The Lions’ odds of making the NFL playoffs are currently set at -165, reflecting a belief in their potential to break a lengthy playoff drought.
Detroit has not qualified for the playoffs since 2016, but there’s a sense of optimism that this roster can overcome recent history.
After falling a game short in 2022, this team should be motivated to keep improving and earn a playoff berth in a downtrodden NFC.
Lions Regular-Season Win Total Odds
Lions: Over 9.5 Wins (-120)
The Lions’ regular-season win total is set at 9.5 games, with the odds pretty evenly split between the Over (-120) and the Under (+100).
Detroit hasn’t won double-digit games since 2014 and has only accomplished the feat twice this century, so history would suggest taking the Under at plus money.
However, thanks to a favorable schedule that includes four games against the NFC South (arguably the worst division in football), there’s a decent chance the Lions will win 10 or more games.