The 2011 Detroit Lions completed a successful season by sporting a 10-6 record in the regular season and earned a playoff spot for the first time since the 1999 year. The team traveled to New Orleans to face the Saints in an NFC Wildcard playoff and came up on the short end of a 45-28 road defeat as a +10 ½ point underdog. Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford surrounded by outstanding receiving talent threw for 5038 passing yards and 41 touchdowns and was healthy for the year. A concern for Lions backers is their two featured running backs are coming off major injuries as Jahvid Best was hampered by a concussion and Mikel Leshoure is coming back from a 2011 season ending Achilles injury. The NFC north division in 2012 will compete from all teams from the NFC West and AFC South.
The 2012 regular season win totals for the Detroit Lions is currently lined at 9 wins. Over nine wins has been bet as the favorite side at -150 odds with the under nine wins by the Detroit Lions returns an underdog price of +120 odds. The odds for the Detroit Lions season win total were provided by Top Bet sportsbook.
An early test to circle in the Detroit Lions scheduled will come in a game two meeting at the San Francisco 49ers. This game will provide a lot of media chatter after the scuffle between Lions head coach Jim Schwartz and 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh at the conclusion of the San Francisco 25-19 road win last year. Head coach Jim Schwartz enters his fourth year with the Lions and has a career mark of 18-31. He inherited a 0-16 Lions team following the 2008 year and former Titans defensive coordinator has quickly moved Detroit into a Super Bowl contender. Detroit was the fourth scoring offense in 2011 as the club pushed across 29.6 points per game. They gained 396 yards per game which was fifth best in the league last year. On one side of the ball the team is Super Bowl quality. They have work to do defensively. Detroit gave up 24 points a game in 2011 as well as 367 yards per game which ranked 23rd out of the 32 teams in the NFL. Since the NFC North faces the two weaker divisions in football in the NFC West and AFC South plus two wins against Minnesota in the division very likely the play here is Detroit over nine wins with sportsbook betting.