After reaching the playoffs for the second time in three seasons, Troy Aikman thinks the Detroit Lions are on a path similar to the one that led the Atlanta Falcons to Super Bowl LI.
The oddsmakers aren’t as confident.
Bovada.lv has released its Super Bowl odds for next season and has the Lions at 40-1. That’s tied with Baltimore and Houston for the 16th-longest odds in the NFL.
By comparison, the Lions were 33-1 to win the Super Bowl a year ago this week despite coming off a 7-9 season. That said, missing the playoffs in 2015 gave them a more favorable schedule last season, when they went 9-7 after a 1-3 start.
Two years ago, the Lions were coming off an 11-5 season yet were 30-1 to win the 2016 Super Bowl. That marked the second straight year they were 30-1.
So based on the odds, they seem to be further away from winning the Super Bowl thank Aikman thinks.
New England is the favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champion with odds of 5-1 followed by Dallas and Green Bay at 9-1, Pittsburgh at 12-1 and Atlanta at 14-1.
Nobody has longer odds than Cleveland San Francisco, which are both 150-1.
Troy Ailman told me Jim Bob Cooter is to Matt Stafford what Kyle Shanahan is to Matt Ryan. Says Lions are close to doing what Atlanta did
— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) January 31, 2017
Published at Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:02:02 +0000