Detroit Lions 2015: NFL Odds - Super Bowl Predictions

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2015 Detroit Lions Odds & NFL Predictions 2015 Detroit Lions Odds & NFL Predictions

The Lions finally got over the hump and qualified for the postseason putting up 11 wins in the regular season with one of the league’s best defenses. Detroit was No. 1 against the run, second in total defense, and third in scoring defense last year. The big question for second-year head coach Jim Caldwell is if the Lions can do it again. Historically, the Detroit Lions have had a difficult time repeating a playoff performance but in 2015, the pieces are in place which could be a profitable situation for Lions Nation. 2015 Super Bowl predictions have listed Detroit as +4000 longshots to win the championship, +2200 to win the NFC Conference and +600 in NFL odds to win the NFC North. Although the Lions lost all-everything defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh as well as running mate DT Nick Fairley, the Lions signed Pro Bowler Haloti Ngata from Baltimore and DT Tyrunn Walker from New Orleans. They also drafted 6-3, 300-pound Gabe Wright out of Auburn.

The rest of the Detroit Lions defense is solid with DE Ziggy Ansah (7.5 sacks) leading the pass rush and LBs DeAndre Levy and Stephen Tulloch plugging the middle. Quarterback Matthew Stafford returns for his seventh season as the Lions starter. Last year, Caldwell and OC Joe Lombardi dialed it back somewhat with Stafford and let the defense control the tempo of games. It was needed as the Lions lacked a proven running game in 2014, finishing a miserable 28th in the NFL. The team took the steps to fix that and make things a little easier on Stafford. Detroit drafted Duke guard Laken Tomlinson, a 6-3, 323-pound mass of an offensive lineman. Then, the Lions went out and got Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah in the second round. The 5-9, 215-pound Abdullah should pair well with fifth-year pro Joique Bell.

Of course, the offense also features the game’s best receiver in Calvin Johnson, who had 71 receptions for 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns, despite missing three games. There is also Golden Tate, who led the Lions in receiving last year with 99 catches for 1,331 yards. Detroit also has a very capable tight end in Brandon Pettigrew and second-year pro Eric Ebron (6-4, 265) is said to be improving. Because of their efforts last season, the Lions will play a much stronger schedule then just those in the 2015 NFC North division. They face both Denver and Seattle in NFL odds for the first four weeks of the season, travel to London to face Kansas City, and have back-to-back Thursday games with Philadelphia and Green Bay. Caldwell and Detroit will find out where they stand in terms of Super Bowl predictions very early in the 2015 season.

Lions Update (9/9/15): Detroit are now +3300 favorites in Super Bowl predictions, +1600 to win the NFC Conference and +450 to win the NFC North.

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    The Lions defense will face one of the league’s better quarterbacks in Philip Rivers and a formidable group of receivers. Rivers threw for over 4,200 yards and 31 touchdowns last year. His top target is still veteran tight end Antonio Gates (69 receptions, 821 yards, 12 TDs). That being said, Rivers will be without the services of Gates for the first four games of the season serving a suspension from testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. A key factor to the home favorites covering the spread Detroit Lions vs San Diego Chargers odds will be the emergence of rookie running back Melvin Gordon. The first round pick out of Wisconsin is big, fast, shifty, and durable. He will help open up the passing game with his running ability. Gordon is also a capable receiver.

    The Chargers will have to control one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL. Quarterback Matt Stafford enters his seventh season running the Lions offense that features the league’s top receiver in Calvin Johnson, a very good No. 2 WR in Golden Tate, and capable tight ends in Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew. Detroit went to the draft to get a replacement for Reggie Bush. They picked up former Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, who should pair well with Joique Bell. If the Lions defense is up to the task, Detroit should be off and running in its quest for an NFC North title. The week 1 season opener (Sunday, September 13th) between the Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers can be seen live on FOX at 4:05pm EST from Qualcomm Stadium.

  • Seattle Seahawks 2015: NFL Odds - Super Bowl Predictions

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    The defense returns all but one starter from a year ago – CB Byron Maxwell. Cary Williams, a seventh-year pro, will likely replace Maxwell. The Seattle Seahawks also signed Will Blackmon from Jacksonville for depth at the position. The rest of the unit that led the NFL in scoring defense (15.9 points per game) returns. In fact, the Seahawks have led the league in scoring defense for the past three seasons. The last team to do so was Minnesota in the days of the “Purple People Eaters” from 1969 to 1971. The biggest offseason move in Seattle, of course, was the trade that brought the league’s premier tight end to the Seahawks. Seattle traded veteran center Max Unger and a first-round draft pick to New Orleans for the Jimmy Graham. The Pro Bowler gives QB Russell Wilson another weapon who creates severe mismatch problems against defenses around the league and helps to make the Seahawks instant contenders in Super Bowl predictions.

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