Over/under: 7 wins for Lions in 2013

Gregory Shamus

How many games do you think the Detroit Lions will win in 2013?

How many games will each NFL team win in 2013? Point spreads for nearly every game in the upcoming season were recently released, and now we have win totals as well thanks to the Atlantis Casino in Reno, Nevada.

The Detroit Lions' win total has been set at 7 for the 2013 season. From an odds standpoint, the over and under are the same. Both options are listed at -115, meaning there isn't a favorite or underdog in this scenario.

A year ago, the Lions' over/under was actually set at 9.5 wins. The under option was the favorite, and that turned out to be correct with the Lions going 4-12. In our poll on the Lions' win total for 2012, the over ended up with 1,006 of the 1,150 votes, so most fans were expecting at least 10 wins after the team made it to the playoffs in 2011.

For 2013, which option do you think is more likely to come true for the Lions: at least 8 wins or 6 wins or fewer? As a reminder, this is the Lions' 2013 schedule:

Week 1 - vs. Vikings
Week 2 - at Cardinals
Week 3 - at Redskins
Week 4 - vs. Bears
Week 5 - at Packers
Week 6 - at Browns
Week 7 - vs. Bengals
Week 8 - vs. Cowboys
Week 9 - BYE
Week 10 - at Bears
Week 11 - at Steelers
Week 12 - vs. Buccaneers
Week 13 - vs. Packers
Week 14 - at Eagles
Week 15 - vs. Ravens
Week 16 - vs. Giants
Week 17 - at Vikings

This could obviously change with the season still so far away, but I'd personally take the over right now. All of the new faces on the offensive line concern me a bit, but I think the Lions will be more consistent on offense in 2013. And on defense, I really like the improvements the Lions have made to their secondary with Glover Quin and Darius Slay. I could easily see a slow start resulting in a complete collapse like we saw this past season, but I think 8-8 is doable for the Lions.

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