Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski (left) shakes hands with Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz following the preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Road Favorites Against Cleveland Browns in Week 6

When the Detroit Lions announced that Calvin Johnson would be inactive against the Green Bay Packers last week, the betting line quickly moved from Packers -7 to Packers -10. It just goes to show how much of an impact Calvin has on the game and those putting money on its outcome.

Johnson’s status for Sunday’s game against the Browns is still up in the air but that hasn’t kept the sports books from making the Lions road favorites. According to, the Lions are currently favored by 2.5 points.

Some minor movement one way or the other isn’t unusual but there could be more this week as we get updated reports on Calvin Johnson’s status.

Here is a quick look at the betting options for Lions-Browns as of early this morning.

Against the spread:
Lions -2.5 (-113)
Browns +2.5 (-108)

Point total:
Over 44 (-110)
Under 44 (-108)

Lions (-135)
Browns (+115)

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  • Herman Moore

    Never forget that the spread is intended to keep the betting from becoming too lopsided, which can be bad for the bookies. It’s more a hedge than a prediction.

    • Zac Snyder

      Sort of. With a perfectly even split of bets the bookie is guaranteed to win because of the juice. That limits risk but it also limits the potential for profit. Whatever your philosophy on setting a spread, the fact doesn’t change that Vegas expects a Lions win. That’s why they offer a bigger payout on the Browns moneyline.