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2021 NFL game-by-game odds: The Detroit Lions are not favored in any week

We take a look at the odds for each game on the Lions’ 2021 schedule.

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It’s been a week since the Detroit Lions’ 2021 schedule was released, and every fan willing to take part in the shenanigans has already dropped their season predictions. Lions fans have been uncharacteristically realistic at this point in the offseason, with 65 percent believing the Lions will win six or fewer games according to a poll from last week.

But while that may seem pessimistic by some standards, the news could be much worse for the Lions, based on the season-long Vegas odds. According to the Westgate Superbook—who released game odds for all 18 weeks of the 2021 schedule—the Lions are favorites in exactly zero of their 17 games. They share the dubious claim with only one other team in the NFL: the Houston Texans, who are currently in quarterback purgatory with former NFL MVP DeShaun Watson’s status currently unknown.

Here’s a look at the lines of each individual game, as presented by Westgate Superbook.

Week 1 vs. 49ers: SF -7
Week 2 at Packers: GB -7.5
Week 3 vs. Ravens: BAL -7.5
Week 4 at Bears: CHI -5.5
Week 5 at Vikings: MIN -8.5.
Week 6 vs. Bengals: CIN -1
Week 7 at Rams: LAR -12
Week 8 vs. Eagles: PICK’EM
Week 10 at Steelers: PIT -7.5
Week 11 at Browns: CLE -10
Week 12 vs. Bears: CHI -3
Week 13 vs. Vikings: MIN -4
Week 14 at Broncos: DEN -7.5.
Week 15 vs. Cardinals: AZ -6.5
Week 16 at Falcons: ATL -7.5
Week 17 at Seahawk: SEA -9.5
Week 18 vs. Packers: GB -3.5

Not only are the Lions underdogs in every game but one—a pick’em against the Eagles at home—but these are some pretty high betting lines. Detroit is only within a field goal in three of the 17 games: home against the Bengals, Eagles, and Bears.

Meanwhile, the much-anticipated reunion between the Lions and the now Los Angeles Ram Matthew Stafford is predicted to be a blowout. The 12-point favorite Rams have the highest line of any Lions opponent this season, closing out a treacherous start for the Lions which features a line of a touchdown or more in five of the first seven games.

Still, despite the tough-looking schedule for the Lions, Detroit’s Vegas win total remains around five wins, which is just in line with Lions fans’ predictions.

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