2013 NFL Win / Loss Picks and Forecast for the Detroit Lions

Many of the top rated sportsbooks have already released future odds and win totals for the 2013 season. The Detroit Lions over / under for wins heading into this season is posted at 7.5, depending on your sports betting outlet. The Lions are also listed at (+5000) to win Super Bowl XLVII and (+2500) to win the NFC Championship.

The Lions know that defense is a big problem. They turned to the NFL draft to help solve some of their difficulties by selecting Ezekiel Ansah with the first selection. Ezekiel Ansah has monstrous pass-rushing talent and will right away pose problems for Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler within the division.

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz somehow survived the ugly season but will be on the hot seat as this season kicks off. The defense is an obvious problem, but the offense may also struggle this season. Their offensive line played quite well overall last year but lost three starters to retirement and free agency. The Lions went out and attracted free agent Reggie Bush to the motor city, but this fragile halfback is a big risk with little upside on a team that had more holes than running back.

lionsHere is a look at the schedule for this season:

Sun, Sep 8    Minnesota    1:00 PM

Sun, Sep 15    at Arizona    4:05 PM

Sun, Sep 22    at Washington    1:00 PM

Sun, Sep 29    Chicago    1:00 PM

Sun, Oct 6    at Green Bay    1:00 PM

Sun, Oct 13    at Cleveland    1:00 PM

Sun, Oct 20    Cincinnati    1:00 PM

Sun, Oct 27    Dallas    1:00 PM

Sun, Nov 10    at Chicago    1:00 PM

Sun, Nov 17    at Pittsburgh    1:00 PM

Sun, Nov 24    Tampa Bay    1:00 PM

Thu, Nov 28    Green Bay    12:30 PM

Sun, Dec 8    at Philadelphia    1:00 PM

Mon, Dec 16    Baltimore    8:30 PM

Sun, Dec 22    NY Giants    4:05 PM

Sun, Dec 29    at Minnesota    1:00 PM

Detroit Lions Outlook: The Lions have one of the best players in Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford is more than serviceable at quarterback, but outside of that, this team is in trouble. The fixes on defense won’t happen in one year and the change on the offensive line will be a big adjustment for this team. In a division with plenty of tough teams the Lions will struggle to get to eight wins.

NFL Pick: Detroit Lions Under 7.5 Wins


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