Detroit
Lions
Stadium Ford Field
1-0-1 Overall | 0-0 NFC NORTH 2nd
TEAM STATSRUSHINGPASSINGPTS/G
Offense10531520
Defense124.5300.518.5
Schedule
Preseason
Week 2Thu  8/8
vs
Patriots
L3-31
Week 3Sat  8/17
@
Texans
L23-30
Week 4Fri  8/23
vs
Bills
L20-24
Week 5Thu  8/29
@
Browns
L16-20
Regular season
Week 1Sun  9/8
@
Cardinals
T / OT27-27
Week 2Sun  9/15
vs
Chargers
W13-10
Week 3Sun  9/22
@
Eagles
FOX1:00pm
Week 4Sun  9/29
vs
Chiefs
FOX1:00pm
Week 6Mon  10/14
@
Packers
ESPN8:15pm
Week 7Sun  10/20
vs
Vikings
FOX1:00pm
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

The Lions were our pre-season best value to win over their Vegas win total. Even though they blew a large lead vs the Cardinals they impressed with a Week 2 win and are now poised to be a sneaky good team and threat to win the NFC North. Their odds to win it all are 80/1, 1.2% (#18). Their 0.9% chance is #16 in the league which is not high enough to be a good bet. They are a good bet to win the NFC at 40/1, 2.4%. Their sim chance is 2.7%. They are projected to win 8 games and go over their pre-season futures line of 6.5. Their playoff chances stand at 30.6% (17.1% to win the division). Their average wins per simulation puts them at #10 in the NFC.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

At 1-0-1 they are obviously exceeding expectations. Based on the money lines, the Lions had an expected win percentage of 54%. If you bet on them to win every game you would be down 4 units. They are 1-1 against the spread for a -10 loss. Their over-under record is 1-1. Their 6-10 record last season failed to meet expectations. Their game-by-game odds projected record was 6.6-9.4. They were solid against the spread going 9-7 for (+130 profit). More of their games came in under (10) than went over (6). Based on computer simulations they only have a 44% chance to beat the Eagles in their next game. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).

TEAM OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE STATS WITH LEAGUE RANKINGS

They are a below average scoring team based on points per game and below average in yards per play. They are an above average scoring defense, which make sense given their strong yards per play allowed rank.

TEAM OFFENSE (League Rank):

TEAM DEFENSE:

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by T.J. Hockenson who is projected to be the #8 TE the rest of the season. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
76 Aboushi, Oday G6-531506/05/19917Virginia
39 Agnew, Jamal CB5-1019004/03/19953San Diego
80 Amendola, Danny WR5-1118511/02/198511Texas Tech
46 Bawden, Nick RB6-224506/22/19962San Diego State
63 Benzschawel, Beau G6-630009/10/19950Wisconsin
10 Blough, David QB6-120507/31/19950Purdue
27 Coleman, Justin CB5-1119003/27/19935Tennessee
65 Crosby, Tyrell G6-431009/05/19952Oregon
66 Dahl, Joe G6-431004/09/19934Washington State
96 Daniels, Mike DE6-031005/05/19898Iowa
40 Davis, Jarrad MLB6-124511/16/19943Florida
68 Decker, Taylor T6-731808/23/19934Ohio State
28 Diggs, Quandre DB5-919701/22/19935Texas
--- Driskel, Jeff QB6-423504/23/19934Louisiana Tech
90 Flowers, Trey DE6-226508/16/19935Arkansas
38 Ford, Mike DB6-019808/04/19952Southeast Missouri State
14 Fulgham, Travis WR6-221509/13/19950Old Dominion
60 Glasgow, Graham G6-631008/19/19924Michigan
19 Golladay, Kenny WR6-421411/03/19933Northern Illinois
93 Hand, Da'Shawn DE6-329711/14/19952Alabama
25 Harris, Will DB6-120712/19/19950Boston College
98 Harrison, Damon DT6-335011/29/19888William Penn
88 Hockenson, T.J. TE6-524707/03/19970Iowa
83 James, Jesse TE6-725006/04/19945Penn State
33 Johnson, Kerryon RB5-1121106/30/19972Auburn
31 Johnson, Ty RB5-1021009/17/19970Maryland
52 Jones, Christian OLB6-325002/18/19916Florida State
11 Jones, Marvin WR6-219803/12/19908California
42 Kennard, Devon OLB6-325606/24/19916USC
35 Killebrew, Miles DB6-222205/10/19934Southern Utah
15 Lacy, Chris WR6-320501/28/19961Oklahoma State
6 Martin, Sam P6-121102/27/19907Appalachian State
41 McKissic, J.D. RB5-1019508/15/19933Arkansas State
29 Melvin, Rashaan CB6-219410/02/19897Northern Illinois
49 Moore, C.J. DB5-1119512/15/19950Ole Miss
48 Muhlbach, Don LS6-425808/17/198116Texas A&M
95 Okwara, Romeo DE6-426306/17/19954Notre Dame
24 Oruwariye, Amani CB6-220502/09/19960Penn State
--- Perkins, Paul RB5-1120811/16/19943UCLA
5 Prater, Matt K5-1020108/10/198413UCF
77 Ragnow, Frank C6-531105/17/19962Arkansas
44 Reeves-Maybin, Jalen LB6-023301/31/19953Tennessee
91 Robinson, A'Shawn DT6-433003/21/19954Alabama
23 Slay, Darius CB6-019001/01/19917Mississippi State
9 Stafford, Matthew QB6-322002/07/198811Georgia
92 Strong, Kevin DT6-428508/05/19960Texas-San Antonio
51 Tavai, Jahlani LB6-225009/28/19960Hawaii
82 Thomas, Logan TE6-625007/01/19915Virginia Tech
30 Virgin, Dee DB5-919510/29/19932West Alabama
71 Wagner, Rick T6-631310/21/19897Wisconsin
21 Walker, Tracy DB6-121002/01/19952Louisiana
79 Wiggins, Kenny G6-631508/08/19886Fresno State
32 Wilson, Tavon DB6-020803/19/19908Illinois