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2009 Detroit Lions Odds | Preview | Picks

2009 Detroit Lions Team Preview/Predictions

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2008 Record: 0-16
ATS: 7-9

The good news for the Detroit Lions is that the Matt Millen era in Detroit is over. The better news is that the Matthew Stafford era in Detroit begins.
More importantly than just that, the Lions have had an excellent offseason rebuilding their roster.

Their offense needed less work, but the addition of guys like Maurice Morris, Bryant Johnson, Dennis Northcutt and Brandon Pettigrew will help out the team’s depth significantly.
Stafford has looked very sharp in training camp and with an improved offensive line, this could be a very competent offense. We know about Calvin Johnson and up-and-comer Kevin Smith, and with plenty of other reliable veterans surrounding Stafford, this offense should be greatly improved.

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On defense, the Lions had a complete overhaul. The cornerback crop has been renovated and players like Philip Buchanon and Anthony Henry should serve as upgrades over last year’s tandem. At linebacker, the addition or Larry Foote and Julian Peterson – in combination with holdover Ernie Sims – finally gives the Lions some playmakers in the middle of the field, which is something they haven’t had in a long time.

Upfront, the Lions also added tackle Grady Jackson to a unit that includes Dewayne White and young stud Cliff Avril. Considering how porous this defense was last year, the new front office in Detroit has done a really good job to replenish the roster.

The Lions are no longer a bargain basement team. They have talent, they have upside and they have a head coach who knows what to do. With a rookie quarterback running the show, the Lions will have to expect some growing pains and some mistakes. But even so, this team could win five or six games this year and now has a bright future to look forward to.

Super Bowl Odds: +15000

Conference Odds: +7500

NFC North Odds: +1800

2009 Lions Predictions

Place they’ll finish in NFC North: 4th

Place they’ll finish in NFC Conference: 14th

Over/Under Season Wins Prediction: Over 5

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  1. The Lions do not have to do much to improve on last seasons debacle. Getting rid of Matt Millen was long over do. He was a great player and a decent sportscaster, but a disaster as a GM.

    They will have to walk before they run but a 6 win season is not a huge stretch.

  2. Poolside Rant says:

    The Lions had their first decent draft but no surprise with Millen out. Stafford should play early so he can begin developing some rapport with Johnson and the offense. The division is solid and the defense isn’t good enough to get the Lions more than a couple wins this season but the rebuilding has begun, again.

  3. Once a Lion always a Lion. Optimism abound in Detroit. You can change the GM, the QB, the D, but you cant change the culture. Losing is in their blood. We know that they will lose their 6 division games, that means they will have to go 500 to finish 5-11! Ick! Dont wanna waste mine or anyone else’s time anymore.

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