Detroit Lions Super Bowl 50 Odds AnalysisThe Detroit Lions (11-5 SU, 7-9 ATS, 5-11 O/U) had a fantastic season in 2014, racking up 11 wins in no-nonsense head coach Jim Caldwell’s first season at the helm. While Detroit’s season came to an abrupt halt in their narrow 24-20 Wild Card loss at Dallas, it would seem as though the Lions clearly have a lot to look forward to in 2015. While that still remains true for strong-armed quarterback Matthew Stafford and company, the fact of the matter is that the Lions have their work cut out in managing their roster because of today’s cap-happy, roster-altering times. This look at how far Detroit will go in their quest to cash in on their Super Bowl 50 online NFL Odds will both inform and entertain while giving you the insight you’ll need in order to make a series of informed wager on the Lions all season long.
2014 Season in Review
The GoodThe Lions had a lot of good things happen to them en route to their first playoff appearance since 2011. In his first season at the helm, Caldwell led his talented Lions team to an impressive double-digit win season, but more importantly, brought a stabilizing presence to a locker room was largely out of control under former head coach Jim Schwartz for the better part of the previous four seasons. Thee Lions finished sixth in total offense and showed some nice balance by finishing eighth in passing (266.3 ypg) and 11th in rushing (119.8 ypg). Quarterback Matthew Stafford finished the 2014 regular season ninth in passing yards (4,257 yards) while wide receiver Golden Tate exceeded his free agent expectations by finishing seventh in the league in receiving yards 1,331. Longtime franchise superstar wideout Calvin Johnson finished 16th in receiving yards with 1.077 receiving yards in 13 games and running back Joique Bell made Reggie Bush expendable by rushing for a solid 860 yards to finish 15th. Detroit’s offense fished an impressive first in scoring 30.4 ppg), but that’s not the only good news that came out of Detroit this past season. Defensively, Detroit ranked a respectable 15th in total defense, thanks mostly to their stout 10th-ranked pass defense. Along the way, the Lions saw Johnson, defensive end Ndamukong Suh and free safety Glover Quin earn Pro Bowl berths, though Johnson’s should have clearly gone to Golden Tate if you ask me.
The BadThere was also some bad from this past season with Suh getting suspended (again) for two-stepping on Aaron Rodgers’ leg, not to mention the fact that the Lions ranked a dismal 23rd against the run.
Let’s take a look at Detroit’s statistics.
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