New-Look Detroit Lions Among Super Bowl 56 Longshots At DraftKings, BetMGM

Written By Drew Ellis on January 29, 2021 - Last Updated on July 22, 2021
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Super Bowl 55 approaches, and it’s another one without the Detroit Lions. No one is surprised by this, of course. The Lions are just one of four franchises to never appear in a Super Bowl.

Though things seem to be in rebuilding mode for the 2021 season, can a miracle happen? Do the Detroit Lions have a chance to appear in Super Bowl 56?

The 2021 Super Bowl featuring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs is a week away. But some Michigan online sportsbooks have lined up odds for the 2022 Super Bowl. And oddsmakers aren’t feeling very confident in the new-look Lions to shock the world in 2022.

(UPDATE: The Lions traded Matthew Stafford late on Saturday night to the Los Angeles Rams for quarterback Jared Goff and a slew of picks, including two first-rounders. Check out how the Super Bowl odds adjusted below.)

Detroit Lions odds for Super Bowl 56

Detroit Lions Super Bowl 56 OddsDraftKingsWilliam HillBetMGMPointsBet
Super Bowl 56 winner PRE-trade (odds no longer available)+8000+10000+8000+8000
Super Bowl 56 winner POST-trade+10000+10000N/A+8000

The Lions are among the NFL teams with the longest odds to win Super Bowl 56. A majority of MI sportsbooks are listing the Lions at +8000 to win the championship next season. Only William Hill has the Lions with greater odds at +10000.

Only the New York Jets, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars are deemed to have longer odds than the Lions to win it all.

The Lions, Cleveland Browns, Texans, and Jaguars are the only teams to never appear in the Super Bowl.

How to place your bets on the 2022 Super Bowl

Interested in placing a bet on Super Bowl 56? It’s really quite simple.

  1. Open up your betting app. In Michigan, there are 11 sportsbooks available for download.
  2. Click on the “football” or “NFL” tab to bring up betting options and games. The only upcoming game is the Chiefs-Buccaneers.
  3. Depending on the app, you will have a scrolling bar that gives you different football options, or there will be a “Futures” tab.
  4. Locate the Super Bowl 56 odds to win. It can also be referred to as “2022 National Championship.” Scroll to the team you want to wager on and click on their odds.
  5. Place your bet.

Now just sit tight. You’ve got about a year to find out if it will pay off.

Lions starting over with new management, coach

If you bet on the Lions, keep in mind that the team is in restart mode. In fact, it’s already been a busy offseason for the Detroit Lions just about a month into the process.

During the season, Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn were fired as coach and general manager, respectively. On Jan. 14, the Lions hired Brad Holmes to be the new general manager. Holmes was the Los Angeles Rams college scouting director prior to joining the Lions.

The organization also brought in former linebacker Chris Spielman to help in the front office. He joined owner Sheila Ford Hamp, president Rod Wood, and Holmes in hiring Dan Campbell as the new head coach.

Campbell, a former Lions player, and former Assistant Head Coach of the New Orleans Saints had a memorable opening press conference.

Despite his unproven coaching record and verbose personality, Campbell put together quite a coaching staff.

Who will replace QB Matthew Stafford?matthew stafford

Despite all the changes to the coaching staff, the biggest news of the offseason could be the end of the Matthew Stafford-era in Detroit.

Last week it was reported that Stafford and the Lions agreed to part ways, and the two will be ending their relationship after 12 seasons together.

Stafford is the franchise leader in nearly every major career passing category. He has thrown for 45,109 yards and 282 touchdowns over his career. Stafford also led the Lions to three playoff appearances, but never recorded a playoff win or division championship.

A trade of Stafford likely lands the Lions some important NFL Draft stock for 2021. It could also force Detroit into selecting a quarterback with their No. 7 pick.

Mel Kiper of ESPN has the Lions selecting Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields in his first mock draft.

Are the Detroit Lions worth a Super Bowl bet?

Along with the Stafford news and the new coaching staff, the Lions have other questions. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. are both free agents this offseason, leaving Detroit without any proven receivers currently part of the 2021-22 roster.

On paper, it certainly seems like the Lions have an uphill fight in 2021. Despite that, the risk of betting on Detroit is very low. The reward could be very high.

Just a $1 wager on the Lions to win would provide a payout of $81. A $100 wager would lead to $8,100. In other words, a small bet could go a long way… if you believe the Lions will roar to the top of the NFL standings.

The law of averages says the Detroit Lions will someday win the Super Bowl, right?

Photo by AP Photo/Duane Burleson
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Drew Ellis is the Lead Writer of PlayMichigan, the No. 1 source for online gambling news in Michigan. A lifelong resident of the state, Ellis has been working in various forms of media since 1998, including more than a decade in the sports betting industry prior to transitioning into US casino markets in 2020.

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