I’m Ben Fawkes and welcome to my latest sports betting mailbag. I’ve been in the sports betting industry since 2010, and while I’m not a handicapper, I’ve learned a thing or two about gambling on the Lions over the last decade that I’d love to share with others.
Should I be concerned about my Detroit Lions? We haven’t looked great the past few weeks. Can everything be fixed before the playoffs?
-Cathy from Georgia
Don’t worry, Cathy, the sky isn’t falling. Remember, for how bad things have been for Lions fans, it must feel good that you’re worried about how they are going to look in the postseason, rather than commiserating another disappointing season.
The Lions haven’t been playing well for the last few weeks and the defense hasn’t performed against teams with good offenses (Baltimore, LA Chargers) and teams with mediocre or bad ones (Green Bay, Chicago). Jared Goff is also turning the ball over at a far more alarming rate than he was early in the season.
The good news is that Detroit is going to make the playoffs, surpass their win total of 9.5, and be a No. 3 seed at worst – but getting that No. 2 seed will be important for home-field advantage in the second round. We have confidence the Lions can get things worked out on both sides of the ball over the final six games of the regular season, starting against the Saints this week.
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