Never tell me the odds
Let’s get into the meat of this discussion now that we’ve looked at some historic context of the without teams and the big game. We got a picture of how gambling establishments feel about the Detroit Lions, courtesy of the Action Network. They have the set of odds we’ll be using for this discussion, here.
We’re using their website to gauge general confidence in the Lions from objective sources that only judge teams by their contention status. What can we glean from their rankings and odds? To our original point, where do they stand versus the eleven other teams who’ve managed to win a championship in the Lombardi era?
In general, the Detroit Lions coming off of a poor season are not ranked too far ahead of where they ended 2019. They ranked sixth-worst odds to win a Super Bowl in 2020-2021. If you put one hundred dollars on them now and they did win, you could make a good sum of money, about $10,000 on that bet.
Three of our group’s teams pay better, that is, have worse odds for Super Bowl LV. The Panthers, Bengals, and Jaguars are all a longer-shot according to The Action Network or the broader online betting community, all fetching between $12,500 to $20,000.
For reference, the Kansas City Chiefs, the reigning champs, are good for $500 if they repeat, that’s five to one odds. The Panthers, Bengals, Washington Redskins, and Jaguars are the bottom four teams with the worst odds.
Roughly, the Detroit Lions are in the tier just above them and if the season finished the way that the oddsmakers think, the Cardinals, Texans, Chargers, and Lions would all be among the teams that would not make the playoffs this year.
The team that has the best odds from our target group are our rivals, the Minnesota Vikings, tied with the Buffalo Bills at twelfth-best odds at $2,500, or 25 to 1. Next, in order, are the Titans (30:1), Browns (33:1), and Falcons (45:1). With the Lions sitting at 100 to 1 odds, they have to be considered completely out of the conversation.