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 G6-531506/05/19917Virginia
39 Agnew, Jamal CB5-1019004/03/19953San Diego
80 Amendola, Danny WR5-1118511/02/198511Texas Tech
99 Atkins, John DT6-332012/21/19921Georgia
74 Benenoch, Caleb G6-530508/08/19944UCLA
63 Benzschawel, Beau G6-630009/10/19950Wisconsin
10 Blough, David QB6-120507/31/19950Purdue
94 Bryant, Austin DE6-626111/12/19960Clemson
53 Cabinda, Jason LB6-123503/17/19962Penn State
27 Coleman, Justin CB5-1119003/27/19935Tennessee
65 Crosby, Tyrell T6-431009/05/19952Oregon
68 Decker, Taylor T6-731808/23/19934Ohio State
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
25 Harris, Will DB6-120712/19/19950Boston College
98 Harrison, Damon DT6-335011/29/19888William Penn
49 Hills, Wes RB6-221806/05/19950Slippery Rock
28 Jackson, Mike CB6-121001/10/19970Miami (FL)
83 James, Jesse TE6-725006/04/19945Penn State
33 Johnson, Kerryon RB5-1121106/30/19972Auburn
31 Johnson, Ty RB5-1021009/17/19970Maryland
42 Kennard, Devon OLB6-325606/24/19916USC
35 Killebrew, Miles DB6-222205/10/19934Southern Utah
15 Lacy, Chris WR6-320501/28/19961Oklahoma State
54 Longa, Steve LB6-024009/29/19943Rutgers
6 Martin, Sam P6-121102/27/19907Appalachian State
41 McKissic, J.D. RB5-1019508/15/19933Arkansas State
61 Meder, Jamie DT6-230804/12/19914Ashland
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
89 Nauta, Isaac TE6-324405/21/19970Georgia
95 Okwara, Romeo DE6-426306/17/19954Notre Dame
24 Oruwariye, Amani CB6-220502/09/19960Penn State
57 Pittman, Anthony LB6-322411/24/19960Wayne State (Mich.)
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
43 Scarbrough, Bo RB6-123509/29/19961Alabama
23 Slay, Darius CB6-019001/01/19917Mississippi State
1 Sloter, Kyle QB6-521802/07/19943Northern Colorado
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 FS6-121002/01/19952Louisiana
32 Wilson, Tavon SS6-020803/19/19908Illinois
69 Wynn, Jonathan DE6-425609/21/19941Vanderbilt