The Detroit Lions are the betting favorites for Sunday’s game against the Washington Commanders, and it’s a big deal. The Lions are a 2.5-point home favorite against the Commanders, and if the line doesn’t move drastically before Sunday, it would snap a 24-game streak of Detroit being an underdog, according to Caesars Sportsbook.
That streak is currently the longest in the NFL.
Detroit was last favored on Nov. 22, 2020. That day, they were a one-point favorite against the Carolina Panthers. But despite being favored, the Lions still lost 20-0 to a Panthers team that was quarterbacked by PJ Walker.
The New York Giants hold the second-longest mark as an underdog at 15 consecutive games, according to ESPN. However, the Giants are also being listed as 2.5-point favorites for their game against the Panthers on Sunday, per Caesars Sportsbook.
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The Lions were underdogs against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1, but came roaring back to cover the spread despite trailing by 17 points in the second half. The Eagles hung on for a 38-35 win, but Detroit amassed 386 yards of total offense, including 181 on the ground.
The Lions have become well known in the Dan Campbell era for covering spreads, though not for winning games. Detroit went 3-13-1 last season, yet had an 11-6 mark against the spread. We’ll see Sunday how they fare as a favorite for the first time in a very long time.