Talk about a scary thought this Halloween season. Just when you were starting to get over the trauma from the 2008 Detroit Lions, could another dubious disaster be in the making before our very eyes?
Except this time, instead of just 0-16, the Lions could be the pioneers of poop, forerunners of feces and seekers of scat: The first 0-17 season.
Many longtime Lions fans have probably penciled in Detroit for the first season of complete drudgery.
But how about this year, the first of the NFL’s extended schedule?
Will the Detroit Lions go 0-17? You can bet on it.
First, there’s plenty of football to be played.
The Lions are 0-6 at this writing and are two missed long, looooong field goals from actually being 2-4 this year.
First-year head coach Dan Campbell has cried his way to the hearts of the media and some of the fickle fan base. There’s no scenario where his job is on the line after one season.
Well, almost no scenario.
As Rod Marinelli will tell you, a winless season is a whole different thing altogether.
Dramatic shift in 0-17 market at PointsBet Sportsbook
PointsBet Sportsbook was the first Michigan sports betting operator to offer up odds on Detroit reaching the dubious distinction.
Last week, with Detroit at 0-5, the sportsbook publicized a market on social media with the Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars both at +1500 to finish 0-17. By later in the week, the Lions’ odds had shortened to +1400. You could also have bet that the Lions won’t go 0-17 at -2000 (a $20 bet wins a buck).
Well, Jacksonville won on Sunday, and the Lions didn’t. There was a dramatic shift with the Lions odds, and after losing to Cincinnati for the 0-6 mark, the Lions were just +800 to go 0-17.
Other Michigan sportsbooks getting in on the action
PointsBet has the 0-17 market cornered for now, but you can still have some stakes on the rest of the Detroit season.
At BetMGM Sportsbook, for instance, last week you could wager at +700 if any team will go 0-17.
Will the Lions win a game this season?
It’s a great question.
The best chances seem to be soon, after the Lions play this weekend at the Los Angeles Rams, a game oddsmakers see as a beatdown.
Anything can happen on any given Sunday, but other strong possible win candidates could be:
- Oct. 31 at home against Philadelphia (Lions +1 over the summer)
- Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving) at home against Chicago (Lions +3.5 summer)
- Dec. 5 at home against Minnesota (Lions +4 summer)
- Dec. 26 at Atlanta (Lions +7.5 summer … the Falcons are just bad.)
- Jan. 9 at home vs. Green Bay (no summer line because of Week 18 rest/playoff uncertainty)