The Lions are facing a crossroads heading into their third season under head coach Jim Caldwell. Detroit, once home to one of the best wide receiver-quarterback combos in football, now has to find a new offensive identity in 2016. After finishing a disappointing 7-9 in 2015, the Lions had one of their most significant personnel departures following the year with the retirement of star wide receiver Calvin Johnson. The Georgia Tech product, also known as “Megatron,” was one of the most dominant wide receivers in football.
The single season record holder in yards gained, Johnson’s departure will be a huge hit to the stock of quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Though the quartback has been a consistent bet to pass for over 4,000 yards in a season, Stafford now has to deal with a restructured wide receiver corps. Golden Tate will now assume the role of the number one option, but he has struggled to string together consistently productive seasons. His role will be magnified with the loss of Johnson.
The Lions addressed this issue by signing former Bengals wideout Marvin Jones in the offseason. Though Jones was not the best productive receiver in Cinncinnati, he made the most of his role and will be given plenty of opportunities in Detroit. Veteran wide receiver Jeremy Kerley will provide some spacing for the team and former Bronco Andre Caldwell will figure into the mix as well.
The Lions backfield is similar to the receiving corps in that there is no one standout candidate to take the majority share of the carries. Ameer Abdullah has shown flashes as the change of pace back, but he has struggled to find a consistent rhythm. This season might be different if he can stay healthy.
Theo Riddick has been employed as the third down and pass catcher out of the backfield, but is limited in what he can do as a full part of the offense. Detroit added former New England Patriot Stevan Ridley in the offseason to mix into the rotation. Ridley excelled in a similar role with the Patriots so this could be another successful endeavor if the offensive line can hold up.
Detroit has a stable of decent offensive linemen and added to the mix by drafting Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker in the first round of the 2016 draft. The Lions also feature tackle Riley Reiff, another first round selection who has the talent to be a top-flight talent.
Who Does Detroit Lions Play Next
For a closer look at who the Lions are playing in their next contest have a look at the tool below for a brief overview.
This function will lay out who the potential favorites are each time Detroit takes the field and will also give you an immediate betting line for all of these games.
Make sure to touch base with this function each time you make a wager so you can get a general idea of what kind of game the Lion are stepping into for that particular week.
Detroit Lions Game Schedule
For an overview of where the Lions will play during the 2016-17 season, make sure to peruse the calendar breakout box for a complete schedule.
This tool will give you an overall idea of where Detroit has performed well — whether it be at home or on the road — and what kind of streaks they have been on.
Make sure to always give this a glance each time you want to make a wager on the Lions as they will be updated after each game that Detroit plays throughout the season.
Detroit Lions Standings Today
Finding out where the Lions place in the NFC North, or the rest of the NFC, is easy when you have the breakout box below at your disposal.
This function will be updated throughout the season so make sure to give it a glance each time you want to make an educated wager on Washington.
This tool will illustrate where the Lions rank in their division and give you a clearer idea on whether they are a viable candidate for a successful bet on a weekly basis.
|1||New England Patriots||16||14||2||441||250||0.875|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||16||12||4||389||311||0.750|
|6||New York Giants||16||11||5||310||284||0.688|
|8||Green Bay Packers||16||10||6||432||388||0.625|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||9||7||354||369||0.563|
|22||New Orleans Saints||16||7||9||469||454||0.438|
|26||New York Jets||16||5||11||275||409||0.313|
|27||San Diego Chargers||16||5||11||410||423||0.313|
|28||Los Angeles Rams||16||4||12||224||394||0.250|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||14||309||480||0.125|
How To Make Money Betting On Detroit Lions
The Lions the defense has some potential and is expected to make some waves in the next few seasons. Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah made the Pro Bowl last season and is one of the most gifted athletes in the NFL.
Ansah played with outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy at BYU, and while Van Noy has not blossomed into the kind of player Ansah is, he still has that kind of potential. Veteran defensive tackle Haloti Ngata joins Ansah on the defensive line is
The former Baltimore Raven is one of the best defensive tackles of his generation but playing in the twighlight of his career. He is still a huge asset along the line, especially with some young promising players like A’Shawn Robinson and defeensive end Wallace Gilberry.
Outside linebacker DeAndre Levy is a Pro Bowl-caliber player but has endured some injury problems in his career. If healthy, Levy should be a dynamite contributor for Detroit again this year.
The same goes for inside linebacker Stephen Tulloch, who is a savvy vet that can make plays across the field. Tahir Whitehead has been the other starter at inside linebacker, and like Van Noy, has potential to be the next in line for the Lions defense.
Linebacker Jon Bostic is another player who factors into the depth chart and will be a valuable asset when facing tough running backs in the NFC North like Adrian Peterson of the Vikings or the Packers’ Eddie Lacy.
The strength of the Lions secondary lies in the combo of cornerback Darisu Slay and veteran free safety Glover Quin. Outisde of that, Detroit drafted strong safety Miles Killebrew and has a servicable other corner starter in Quandre Diggs.
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