Detroit Favored for First Time in 24 Games

  • The Lions are -1.5 favorites against the Washington Commanders and it is the first time in 24 games that the Lions are favored to win an NFL regular seasons game.
  • The Commanders have +110 game odds and were one of the worst teams ATS in 2021, with a record of 7-9-1, while the Lions had the fourth-best record at 11-6.

DETROIT, Mi. – The Lions are facing the Washington Commanders at home on Sunday and are the betting favorite for the first time in 24 games and have -135 odds. The Lions are -1.5 favorites and were the fourth-best team ATS in 2021.

The Commanders struggled ATS during the 2021 season and ended with a record of 7-9-1. The Commander also went 2-5 SU when playing on the road as an underdog in 2021.

Lions Past Suggests Betting on them Covering

Even with a record of 3-13-1 SU, the Lions went 11-6 ATS during the 2021 season and 6-2 ATS when playing as the home team. The last game that the Lions played as the favorite, however, took place in late 2020 and the Lions failed to cover the spread.

In November of 2020 the Lions were -3-point favorites over the Panthers in Carolina and lost the game through a final score of 20-0. This home game against the Commanders is the first game since 2020 that online sites with NFL betting have decided to favor the Lions.

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Since the 2019 regular season, the Lions have only been the betting favorite at online sites with US betting in seven total games. As the favorite, Detroit has gone 3-3-1 over the two-year period. One of these games was against the Lions during the 2020 season and the Lions covered the 2.5-point spread and got the win at home.

The Lions opened the 2022 season with a loss in Philadelphia but still covered the spread and only lost by three points. This week 1 game in 2022 was the 43rd game that the Lions have played as an underdog since 2019.

Out of those 43 games as not the betting favorite, the Lions have won eight games, tied once, and covered the spread in 22. The Lions have recorded a poor number of wins over the past three years, but have always been a reliable team ATS at online US sportsbooks.