After a beatdown of the Bears, the Lions remain alive for a potential playoff berth. At 8-8, Detroit is tied with Seattle and Green Bay for the final Wild Card position. But the Lions will need both a win over Green Bay, along with a Seahawks loss to the Rams in Week 18 to make the postseason. Below, you’ll find weekly previews, the latest Lions betting news, and the best odds across all US sportsbooks.
Week 18 Preview: Packers vs. Lions Spread, Total & Moneyline
The Detroit Lions opened as +4.5 underdogs at the Packers in Week 18. The best number you can currently find on Detroit is .
The look-ahead line had Detroit at +3.5. But despite their impressive 41-10 victory over Chicago, the spread has ticked up a point to begin the week.
The total opened at 48.5 and currently sits at points. The Lions have gone over the total in six of their past eight games, while the Packers have gone over in five of their past seven.
The moneyline opened with the Lions as +185 underdogs, with the Packers -215 favorites.
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Detroit Lions 2022-2023 schedule and betting odds
|Week||Date||Opponent||Kickoff Time||Opening Odds||Closing Line||Final Score|
|Week 1||Sunday, Sept. 11||at Philadelphia Eagles||1 p.m. ET||+4||+6||Eagles 38, Lions 35|
|Week 2||Sunday, Sept. 18||vs. Washington Commanders||1 p.m. ET||-1||Pick||Lions 36, Commanders 27|
|Week 3||Sunday, Sept. 25||at Minnesota Vikings||1 p.m. ET||+5||+6.5||Vikings 28, Lions 24|
|Week 4||Sunday, Oct. 2||vs. Seattle Seahawks||1 p.m. ET||-1||-3.5||Seahawks 48, Lions 45|
|Week 5||Sunday, Oct. 9||at New England Patriots||1 p.m. ET||+5||+3||Patriots 29, Lions 0|
|Week 6||Sunday, Oct. 16||BYE||BYE|
|Week 7||Sunday, Oct. 23||at Dallas Cowboys||1 p.m. ET||+6.5||+7||Cowboys 24, Lions 6|
|Week 8||Sunday, Oct. 30||vs. Miami Dolphins||1 p.m. ET||+3||+3.5||Dolphins 31, Lions 27|
|Week 9||Sunday, Nov. 6||vs. Green Bay Packers||1 p.m. ET||+5||+4||Lions 15, Packers 9|
|Week 10||Sunday, Nov. 13||at Chicago Bears||1 p.m. ET||+1.5||+3||Lions 31, Bears 30|
|Week 11||Sunday, Nov. 20||at New York Giants||1 p.m. ET||+1.5||+3||Lions 31, Giants 18|
|Week 12||Thursday, Nov. 24||v.s Buffalo Bills||12:30 p.m. ET||+8||+9.5||Bills 28, Lions 25|
|Week 13||Sunday, Dec. 4||vs. Jacksonville Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||-2||-1||Lions 40, Jaguars 14|
|Week 14||Sunday, Dec. 11||vs. Minnesota Vikings||1 p.m. ET||+2||-2.5||Lions 34, Vikings 23|
|Week 15||Sunday, Dec. 18||at New York Jets||1 p.m. ET||+2.5||+2||Lions 20, Jets 17|
|Week 16||Sunday, Dec. 25||at Carolina Panthers||1 p.m. ET||+2.5||-2||Panthers 37, Lions 23|
|Week 17||Sunday, Jan. 1||vs. Chicago Bears||1 p.m. ET||-1.5|
|Week 18||Saturday, Jan. 7 OR Sunday, Jan. 8||at Green Bay Packers||TBD||+8|
Lions 2022 offseason moves
Key signings: WR D.J. Chark, LB Jarrad Davis, CB Mike Hughes
Re-signings: WR Josh Reynolds
Key losses: LB Chris Board
Key draft picks: EDGE Aidan Hutchinson, WR Jameson Williams, EDGE Josh Paschal, LB Malcom Rodriguez, EDGE James Houston
How to bet on the Detroit Lions odds
The moneyline is the simplest of bets, decided by the straight-up winner and loser of each game. Consider the following example:
- Lions +140
- Falcons -105
The Lions are considered underdogs in this matchup (indicated by +140), paying out $240 total for a $100 bet ($140 in winnings). The Falcons are the favorite in this matchup, requiring a $105 bet to win $100 (plus the initial bet back). How much either team wins or loses by does not matter in moneyline betting, the payout remains the same.
Betting on the point spread is determinant on how many points a team wins or loses by. Take the following example:
- Lions +6.5 (-110)
- Rams -6.5 (-110)
In this example, Detroit is an underdog by 6.5 points, indicated by “+6.5.” If the Lions keep the game within seven or win outright– say they lost 27-24– then the Lions (+6.5) win the bet and would have a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in profit). If the Rams manage to win by seven or more– say 31-17– then the Rams (-6.5) would win, and the payout would be the same as listed above.
Point total (over/under)
The point total refers to the over/under line set by books. This number projects the total number of points scored in a game and, like prop betting, is bet whether one thinks the score will go over or under the set point total. For example, the Lions’ Week 4 matchup with the New Orleans Saints had a projected point total of 51.5 points. Detroit came up just short, 35-29, resulting in 66 combined points. Those who bet over the point total that week would have cashed out.
The Lions fielded the worst scoring defense in the NFL (32.4 points allowed per game), which would have resulted in higher point totals. However, their ability to score on offense inhibited the numbers from getting too out of control (23.6 points per game was 20th). The two ended up balancing out to average point totals that were determinant on the opponent the Lions were playing. Typical point totals landed between 45 and 50 points in 2020.
In-play and live betting
Sometimes, the most thrilling and rewarding bets are bets made while games are being played. These are referred to as live bets or in-play bets. Odds are ever-changing during games, which would prove to be fruitful for sharp and prepared bettors. For example, if the Lions (-110) were favored against the Jets (+120) before kickoff, a payout on a $10 bet on the Bills to win would win just $9.09.
However, say the Lions fell to a 14-3 deficit in the first half despite controlling the overall game (due to a costly turnover or special teams gaffe). Odds may swing in favor of the Jets, who may be a -120 favorite at halftime. Taking the Lions to come back and win the game could present plus-odds (say, +110). Should a bettor take Detroit (+110) at halftime and the Lions pull off the comeback, winners would win $11 instead of $9.09 (plus the initial $10 bet).
This could also be an effective way to “hedge” your bet; say a bettor took the Jets (+120) in that game, but Detroit jumps out to a 16-0 first quarter lead and is controlling the overall feel of the game, bettors could hedge by throwing some money down on Detroit (-255) to return some of the inevitably-lost bet.
Parlays and teasers
You can always string bets together in the form of parlays or teasers. Usually during busy Sundays, bettors can parlay several teams to win or cover against the spread and if all bets are successful, the payouts are multiplied. Teasers function similarly, except they allow bettors to move each point spread to a more favorable line in exchange for diminished odds.
Lions 2021 recap
Record: 3-13-1, Last in NFC North
Record ATS: 11-6
Over/under record: 7-10
Wins were scarce, but the 2021 Lions were competitive. They pushed good teams to the brink, forced overtimes, and covered spreads weekly. Dan Campbell– despite the skepticism– showed he can motivate a team and make them interesting. Players rose from nowhere, notably late-season star Amon-Ra St. Brown. Detroit’s roster had a major talent deficiency in the NFL, but they competed every game. Despite the poor record, the Lions appear to be heading in the right immediate direction.
Where can I bet on sports in Michigan?
Michigan sports betting was one of the first in the nation, and there many options to get a bet down on the Detroit Lions or any other NFL team. Here’s a list of legal sportsbook options in Michigan: