Our beloved Detroit Lions are 0-2 so far this season. They have yet to win a game straight up, but they have also yet to win a game against the spread. One expert Jon Price the NFL Handicapper from Sports Information Traders has bet against the Lions ATS two weeks in a row and cleared over $17,000 doing so but knows coming back home this week things are about to change. This week the Lions play Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at home and are getting 3 points showing just how good the Lions play at home.
The Lions are 5-0 at home in their last 5 games but 1-4 in their last 5 games going back to the 2014-2015 season. The Broncos had two very exciting games to start the season off that came down to the last minute of the game and expect nothing different this week with the Lions looking to roar and impress the Motor City fans.
Coach Jim Caldwell also wants to save his job and possible season. He was recently quoted as saying that “I’m not satisfied with myself, not satisfied with how we played. So, no, we’re not satisfied at this point.” One thing that is satisfying is the bookmakers who bet against the Lions for the first two games.
Can the Lions make the playoffs with a miraculous turnaround? Of course its possible. The last team to start 0-3 and make the playoffs was Doug Flutie’s 1998 Buffalo Bills. Before that, it was the 1995 Detroit Lions who started 0-3 and ultimately made the playoffs at 10-6. Based on history, 0-2 teams have made the playoffs only 12 percent of the time.
If the Lions want to avoid 0-3, the o-line needs to get fixed fast. The Lions are not keeping Matthew Stafford upright and the running game is non-existent, averaging just over 50 yards per game. The season is still young, but if the Lions start 0-3, well, then I guess the Red Wings and Pistons can’t start soon enough.