NFL: Analyzing the Lions remaining schedule at the midway point.

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  • Entering their bye week, the Lions are 6-2, the second-best record in the NFC. It’s the first time the Lions have been 6-2 since 2014.
  • Detroit is now the overwhelming favorite at sportsbooks to win the NFC North Division and Coach Dan Campbell is the top pick to be Coach of the Year.
  • In their remaining nine games, the Lions are only scheduled to face one team that currently has a winning record.

Everything is coming up Lions.

Detroit is 6-2 entering their bye week, atop the NFC North by two games, in relatively good health and hitting on all cylinders. Quarterback Jared Goff ranks fourth in the NFL in passing yards (2,174), running back David Montgomery has six touchdowns and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is sixth in the NFL in receiving yards (665).

There are even more interesting numbers on the best American online sportsbooks connected to the Lions. PointsBet Sportsbook now has the Lions +1500 to win Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, and -1250 to win the division. BetMGM has even better odds on the Lions, placing them +1300 to win their first Super Bowl and -2000 to win the division.

There’s still work to do for the Lions. They have nine games left, including five division games. Let’s look quickly at the Lions remaining opponents – current record in parentheses.

Week 10 at Chargers (3-4)

Lions fans will take over SoFi Stadium, home of the Chargers and Rams. The Chargers still have a potent offense under quarterback Justin Herbert, but the defense is poor.

Week 11 vs. Bears (2-6)
The Bears will probably have injured starting quarterback Justin Fields back by the time this game rolls around at Ford Field, but will it really matter? Bear quarterbacks have been sacked 28 times this season

Thanksgiving vs. Packers (2-5)
Halloween was the NFL trading deadline and the Packers were sellers showing they’re ready to build on for next year. New starting quarterback Jordan Love has been inconsistent. These aren’t your fathers Packers anymore.

Week 13 at Saints (4-4)
Campbell faces a Saints team where he spent a lot of time as a coach. New Orleans has a poor offensive line, but some weapons on offense like former Ohio State star Chris Olave. The Saints will probably be chasing the NFC South title.

Week 14 at Bears (4-4)
The Lions make their annual trip to Soldier Field. Detroit has won two of their last three games in the Windy City. At this time of year, the weather may be a tougher opponent then the Bears will be.

Week 15 vs. Broncos (3-5)
Denver has showed a little life in the last three weeks, beating the Chiefs in Week 8, but this is still a defense that gave up 70 points to Miami and quarterback Russell Wilson just doesn’t have the same energy he had when he was with Seattle.

Week 16 at Minnesota (4-4)
The Vikings have emerged as the Lions main challenger for the NFC North title, but just lost QB Kirk Cousins for the season with a torn Achilles. They traded for former Arizona starter Josh Dobbs on Tuesday. The Lions could be clinching the division by this point.

Week 17 at Cowboys (5-2)
As of now, this the Lions only remaining primetime game – but games could be flexed out. Dallas is the only team left on the Lions schedule with a winning record. They feature a great defense led by Micah Parsons but an inconsistent offense. This will be two teams jockeying for playoff position.

Week 18 vs. Minnesota (4-4)
The Vikings have won nine of the last 11 meetings, but the Lions have won the last two in Detroit. By this point, Lion fans should be hoping they can rest some key players to prepare for the playoffs. 

Born and raised in Louisiana, Darren Cooper has a fond appreciation for bayous, Mardi Gras beads and the sports betting industry. Darren has worked for multiple print and online publications since 1998, primarily as a sports columnist in the Northeast. He’s covered a Super Bowl (it was a blowout), the World Series (same) and the NBA Draft (man, those guys are tall). For the last few years he’s dug deep into the sports gambling industry as it exploded across America, learning how the legal sausage is made and how while all the sportsbooks look the same, they all have different identities and styles. He’s learned to always bet within his means -- and take the under. When not in front of his computer creating, Darren spends time with his three boys. He runs, reads and is always looking for the next big thing to write about.