There’s plenty of positive hype around the Detroit Lions, and a couple ESPN betting analysts have joined the party.
Based on a solid finish to last season and the general idea they are on the right track, there’s plenty of positive vibes around the Detroit Lions heading toward the 2022 season. It’s become so prevalent on a national scale that it’s almost scary.
Head coach Dan Campbell, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, said exactly what a coach in his position would and should say about the hype and optimism around the Lions.
"I really don’t have a thought on it,” Campbell said Wednesday. “I’m just kind of, I’m neutral on it. It’s — we got a job to do and anything at this point is irrelevant until we win games. We got to win games, we got to set ourselves up to win games and go from there.”"
ESPN betting analysts are in on the Detroit Lions
On ESPN’s “Daily Wager” earlier this week, fantasy and betting analyst Eric Moody made the Lions his pick to make the playoffs in 2022. Being +425 is certainly helpful to making such a bet, but it’s still notable.
On Thursday’s edition of “Daily Wager”, sports betting analyst Joe Fortenbaugh declared he’s in on Campbell to win NFL Coach of the Year. The Lions coach is a 25/1 bet (via Caesars Sports) to win the award.
In terms of travel mileage (second-fewest miles in the league) and strength of opponents as we can see it right now, based on last year’s records (dangerous territory–perhaps), the Lions have a much more favorable schedule than they did in 2021. Doubling last season’s win total is definitely in play, and it’s not a reach to put them in the 7-9 win range.
If the Lions make the playoffs in 2022, or even fall short but win 7-9 games, Campbell will get votes for Coach of the Year. As for betting on him to win it, or the team to make the playoffs, small bets could pay off nicely.