Even when the Detroit Lions don’t lose, they lose.
The 2021 NFL season motors past its halfway point, with 10 of 18 weeks now in the books. The Lions have played nine times, without winning once.
And in a new twist of the knife, they managed to tie a game, and ruin anyone who had put 0-17 bets into the ether for the heck of it.
Elsewhere, the Michigan sports betting market may have you in a decent spot, depending on your read on Lions games. Detroit is actually 5-4 against the spread, for whatever that’s worth.
You also may have been placing some wagers on player prop markets. Each week, we’re taking stock on where player goals are shaping up.
You might know our drill by now. But we’ll circle back to some of the concrete season-long bets (like division, conference, and win totals) around every fourth week or so and peek at stats-based prop bets following each game.
The next update will come after the Lions travel to the shores of Lake Erie to take on the Cleveland Browns.
Remember, too, that each week in a 17-game season now accounts for roughly 5.9% of your season total. So we’re at the 52.9% mark through the campaign after nine Lions games.
Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns: Week 11 NFL Odds
Detroit Lions DraftKings special prop bets
In addition to some standard team futures, DraftKings Sportsbook was offering these unique regular-season betting markets and parlay combos.
D’Andre Swift over 51.5 receptions AND Breshad Perriman (now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) over 740.5 receiving yards, +250
Swift, 50 receptions; Perriman, 0 yards.
Of note: Perriman was waived by the Chicago Bears despite not making an appearance on the active roster; he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week and is on their practice squad. He was cut by the Lions in the preseason. So this bet is essentially a loss.
Jamaal Williams over 725.5 rushing yards AND T.J. Hockenson over 5.5 receiving touchdowns, +225
Williams, 312 yards; Hockenson, 2 touchdowns.
Of note: Williams’ portion of this bet was becoming shaky even before the running back missed the Week 10 tie against Pittsburgh with a thigh injury. Hockenson’s part in all this is astoundingly dry, too, without a touchdown since Week 2.
Jared Goff over 21.5 touchdown passes AND D’Andre Swift over 7.5 rushing touchdowns AND T.J. Hockenson over 775.5 receiving yards, +550
Goff, 8 touchdowns; Swift, 3 touchdowns; Hockenson, 448 yards.
Romeo Okwara over 8.5 sacks AND Amon-Ra St. Brown over 500.5 receiving yards, +275
Okwara, 1 sack; St. Brown, 250 yards.
Of note: Okwara reportedly suffered a torn Achilles tendon against the Bears in Week 4, likely bringing his season (and the prospects of this bet) to a premature end.
Lions-focused DraftKings match prop bets
DraftKings also had a few individual head-to-head bets involving Lions players.
More passing yards: Jared Goff (-150) vs. Ryan Fitzpatrick (+115)
Goff, 2,109 yards, Fitzpatrick, 13 yards.
Of note: Fitzpatrick’s injured hip took longer than expected to heal this first half of the season, and he’s still not back on the field. So Goff appears to be a safe winner here, no matter how the rest of the season unfolds.
More passing touchdowns: Jared Goff (-110) vs. Zach Wilson (-120)
Goff, 8 touchdowns; Wilson, 4 touchdowns.
Of note: The injury bug continues to favor Goff here, too, as Wilson is still missing time with a sprained PCL in his right knee. That’s about the only thing keeping Goff ahead in this ugly race.
More rushing yards: D’Andre Swift (-165) vs. Mike Davis (+120)
Swift, 419 yards; Davis, 289 yards.
Of note: Swift surged ahead in this race by 130 yards after his … well, 130-yard performance against the Steelers. That’s fun!
More rushing touchdowns: D’Andre Swift (-130) vs. David Montgomery (+100)
Montgomery, 3 touchdowns; Swift, 3 touchdowns.
Of note: Swift couldn’t pull ahead in this battle, though, despite those 130 yards and Montgomery and the Bears on the bye. I’d remain fearful of his chances.
Select Detroit Lions 2021 NFL player prop bets
Jared Goff NFL props
Passing yards (2,019 so far in 2021)
- Over/under 4,015.5 at FanDuel Sportsbook (-112 each way)
- DraftKings: 3,995.5 (-115 each way)
- BetMGM Sportsbook: 3,995.5 (-110 each way)
Passing touchdowns (8)
- DraftKings: 20.5 (over -110, under -120)
- BetMGM: 20.5 (over -115, under -110)
- DraftKings: 13.5 (over/under, each -115)
Of note: Man, these are probably going to be close. (That’s not good news, by the way, for either Goff or the Lions.) A 114-yard effort against Pittsburgh was a sight to behold. Insert your proper amount of sarcasm.
T.J. Hockenson NFL props
Receiving yards (448)
- FanDuel: 775.5 (over -118, under -108)
- DraftKings: 770.5 (over/under, each -115)
- BetMGM: 775.5 (over/under, each -110)
Receiving touchdowns (2)
- DraftKings: 5 (over -120, under -110)
- DraftKings: 77.5 (over/under, each -115)
Of note: No catches in the game against Pittsburgh. Hashtag ouch.
D’Andre Swift NFL props
Rushing yards (419)
- FanDuel: 875.5 (over -102, under -126)
- DraftKings: 900.5 (over -110, under -120)
- BetMGM: 900.5 (over/under, each -110)
Rushing touchdowns (3)
- DraftKings: 8.5 (over +110, under -140)
- DraftKings: 52.5 (over/under, each -110)
Of note: Receptions mark? A lock, barring injury. Rushing yards? Not trending well, but 130 yards against the Steelers makes this at least feasible. Rushing touchdowns? Needing some help.
Romeo Okwara NFL props
- DraftKings: 7.5 (over +110, under -140)
Of note: The Achilles tendon tear ripples into this bet, too.