Detroit
Lions
Stadium Ford Field
3-12-1 Overall | 0-6 NFC NORTH 4th
TEAM STATSRUSHINGPASSINGPTS/G
Offense103.1261.721.3
Defense115.9296.226.4
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
W27-24
Week 4Sun  9/29
vs
Chiefs
L30-34
Week 6Mon  10/14
@
Packers
L22-23
Week 7Sun  10/20
vs
Vikings
L30-42
Team Outlook and Scouting Report

SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS

The Lions are not contenders to win the Super Bowl at 100/1, 1%. They are one of 3 teams with these odds (#25 in the league). They are a good bet to win the Super Bowl (1 percent chance). They are also a good bet to win the NFC at 40/1, 2.4%. Their sim chance is 3.3%. The Lions are averaging 8.1 wins per sim which makes them a solid bet to win over 6.5 games. At +325 the Lions are a good value to make the playoffs with a 34.5% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 8/1, 11.1%. They win the division in 20.6% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #9 in the NFC.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

Oddsmakers expected them to win 6.6 based on their money line game odds. Their 6-10 record last season failed to meet expectations. They were solid against the spread going 9-7 for (+130 profit). More of their games came in under (10) than went over (6). They are favored in their upcoming game vs the Arizona Cardinals. 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 a top 10 team based on yards per play allowed but only an average team in points allowed. They are the #20 ranked defense in opponents' TD rate (passing and rushing TDs per offensive play).

TEAM OFFENSE (League Rank):

TEAM DEFENSE:

TEAM FANTASY LEADERS

The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Kerryon Johnson who is projected to be the #12 RB. 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 G6-531506/05/19918Virginia
39 Agnew, Jamal CB5-1019004/03/19954San Diego
80 Amendola, Danny WR5-1118511/02/198512Texas Tech
--- Atkins, John DE6-332012/21/19922Georgia
46 Bawden, Nick RB6-224506/22/19963San Diego State
74 Benenoch, Caleb G6-530508/08/19945UCLA
63 Benzschawel, Beau G6-630009/10/19952Wisconsin
10 Blough, David QB6-120507/31/19952Purdue
--- Bodine, Russell C6-330806/30/19925North Carolina
--- Bolden, Victor WR5-817804/04/19953Oregon State
94 Bryant, Austin DE6-626111/12/19962Clemson
--- Butler, Paul TE6-625004/26/19931California (PA)
53 Cabinda, Jason LB6-123503/17/19962Penn State
34 Carson, Tra RB5-1122810/24/19923Texas A&M
27 Coleman, Justin CB5-1119003/27/19936Tennessee
--- Collins, Jamie OLB6-325510/20/19898Southern Miss
65 Crosby, Tyrell G6-431009/05/19953Oregon
66 Dahl, Joe G6-431004/09/19935Washington State
--- Daniel, Chase QB6-022910/07/198612Missouri
40 Davis, Jarrad MLB6-124511/16/19944Florida
68 Decker, Taylor T6-731808/23/19935Ohio State
--- Duhart, Jonathan WR6-321006/26/19961Old Dominion
--- Fisher, James LS6-22250North Dakota State
90 Flowers, Trey DE6-226508/16/19936Arkansas
--- Fox, Jack P6-222409/01/19961Rice
14 Fulgham, Travis WR6-221509/13/19952Old Dominion
--- Garnett, Joshua G6-530502/21/19943Stanford
19 Golladay, Kenny WR6-421411/03/19934Northern Illinois
17 Hall, Marvin WR5-1019004/10/19934Washington
93 Hand, Da'Shawn DE6-329711/14/19953Alabama
--- Harmon, Duron SS6-120501/24/19918Rutgers
25 Harris, Will DB6-120712/19/19952Boston College
75 Herron, Frank DE6-430507/09/19941LSU
49 Hills, Wes RB6-221806/05/19951Slippery Rock
88 Hockenson, T.J. TE6-524707/03/19972Iowa
28 Jackson, Mike CB6-121001/10/19972Miami (FL)
83 James, Jesse TE6-725006/04/19946Penn State
33 Johnson, Kerryon RB5-1121106/30/19973Auburn
31 Johnson, Ty RB5-1021009/17/19972Maryland
--- Jones, Christian 6-325002/18/19917Florida State
11 Jones, Marvin WR6-219803/12/19909California
--- Kearse, Jayron SAF6-421502/11/19945Clemson
--- Kennedy, Tom WR5-1119007/29/19961Bryant University
35 Killebrew, Miles DB6-222205/10/19935Southern Utah
15 Lacy, Chris WR6-320501/28/19962Oklahoma State
54 Longa, Steve LB6-024009/29/19944Rutgers
--- McRae, Tony CB5-1018505/03/19934North Carolina A&T
49 Moore, C.J. DB5-1119512/15/19952Ole Miss
48 Muhlbach, Don LS6-425808/17/198117Texas A&M
89 Nauta, Isaac TE6-324405/21/19972Georgia
67 Nelson, Matt T6-829512/19/19951Iowa
95 Okwara, Romeo DE6-426306/17/19955Notre Dame
24 Oruwariye, Amani CB6-220502/09/19962Penn State
57 Pittman, Anthony LB6-322411/24/19961Wayne State (Mich.)
5 Prater, Matt K5-1020108/10/198414UCF
77 Ragnow, Frank G6-531105/17/19963Arkansas
44 Reeves-Maybin, Jalen LB6-023301/31/19954Tennessee
--- Sagapolu, Olive DT6-23241Wisconsin
--- Sam, Christian LB6-224006/07/19962Arizona State
43 Scarbrough, Bo RB6-123509/29/19962Alabama
--- Shelton, Danny DT6-234508/20/19936Washington
70 Skipper, Dan T6-931709/20/19942Arkansas
--- Sokol, Matt TE6-524911/09/19951Michigan State
9 Stafford, Matthew QB6-322002/07/198812Georgia
92 Strong, Kevin DT6-428508/05/19962Texas-San Antonio
51 Tavai, Jahlani LB6-225009/28/19962Hawaii
--- Trufant, Desmond CB6-019009/10/19908Washington
--- Tucker, Casey T6-63151Arizona State
--- Vaitai, Halapoulivaati T6-632006/16/19935TCU
21 Walker, Tracy DB6-121002/01/19953Louisiana
79 Wiggins, Kenny G6-631508/08/19887Fresno State
--- Wile, Matt P6-222506/20/19922Michigan
--- Williams, Nick DT6-431002/21/19905Samford
69 Wynn, Jonathan DE6-425609/21/19941Vanderbilt