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Jared Goff pumped reaction

Sep 7, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) celebrates after a down against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

  • The Detroit Lions went into Arrowhead and downed the Kansas City Chiefs on opening night
  • With the win, Detroit’s Super Bowl odds shortened to +1500
  • See below for the latest Super Bowl odds, and if you should wager on the Lions

It didn’t seem possible the Detroit Lions’ hype train could possibly be chugging any faster down the tracks.

And then opening night happened.

Detroit walked into Arrowhead and beat the defending Super Bowl-champion Kansas City Chiefs 21-20 to kick off the NFL season.

Those efforts have vaulted the Lions in the latest Super Bowl odds. It’s now time to figure out of the hype is real.

Super Bowl Odds

Team Odds
Kansas City Chiefs +700
Philadelphia Eagles +800
Buffalo Bills +900
Cincinnati Bengals +1000
San Francisco 49ers +1000
Dallas Cowboys +1300
Detroit Lions +1500
New York Jets +1800
Baltimore Ravens +1800
Los Angeles Chargers +2100
Miami Dolphins +2100
Jacksonville Jaguars +2800
Cleveland Browns +3000
Minnesota Vikings +3500
Seattle Seahawks +3500
Green Bay Packers +4000
New Orleans Saints +4000
Denver Broncos +4500
Pittsburgh Steelers +4500
New York Giants +4800
Atlanta Falcons +5500
Chicago Bears +6000
Tennessee Titans +6000
Carolina Panthers +6000
New England Patriots +6000
Los Angeles Rams +6500
Washington Commanders +6500
Las Vegas Raiders +7500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +7500
Indianapolis Colts +10000
Arizona Cardinals +18000
Houston Texans +18000

Detroit has jumped from +2200 to +1500 title odds and sit alone in seventh place, looking up at only the usual heavies — the Cowboys (+1300), 49ers, Bengals (both +1000), Bills (+900), Eagles (+800) and Chiefs (+700). KC’s odds lengthened from +600 to +700.

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Lions Grind Out Road Win

It wasn’t pretty, but Detroit was able to do something no team had yet to accomplish: hand Patrick Mahomes his first ever season-opening loss, breaking his career-opening 5-0 start.

They also forced him to throw his first interception in those games (against 20 TD passes). Rookie Brian Branch picked off a perfectly thrown ball that deflected off Kadarius Toney’s hands, returning it for a 50-yard major that evened the score at 14-14.

After a pair of KC drives that ended with field goals, Detroit took the lead for good when David Montgomery punched it in from eight yards out.  In his first game as a Lion, Montgomery carried 21 times for 74 yards and the winning score.

Defensively, they held Mahomes to 226 yards passing with two TD’s and that pick. While the stat sheet will show no sacks, Detroit did make it uncomfortable for the reigning NFL MVP, with seven QB hits. Their coverage also broke up five passes.

Chiefs Missing Star Players

While it’s full marks to Detroit for pulling out the win, Kansas City wasn’t nearly close to full strength.

All-world tight end Travis Kelce missed a game due to injury for the first time since his rookie year.

While Mahomes did connect with 11 different receivers in this one, the gravity of Kelce’s presence was lacking. Isiah Pacheco led the team in receptions with four, and no player topped 50 yards receiving.

Defensively, d-lineman Chris Jones was in the building but in the press box due to a contract dispute.

That made life a lot easier for Jared Goff, who was sacked once, and went 22-for-35 for 235 yards and an opening quarter TD strike to Amon-Ra St Brown, while the Lions churned out 118 yards on the ground.

Should You Wager on the Lions?

I don’t hate a bet on the Lions — and here’s actually hoping you had something on them prior to Week 1 and those jump in odds.

Detroit has the 12th-easiest slate in the SBD’s NFL strength of schedule rankings, and with Mahomes out of the way, there’s a chance those could shorten more in the coming weeks.

The Lions play Seattle, Atlanta, Green Bay, Carolina, Tampa, Baltimore and Las Vegas next. There’s a really good chance they’re 6-2 before their Week 9 bye.

Still, I can’t shake the feeling there’s a legit barrier that separates that top six from the pack. Detroit would have to get through a combination of Philly, San Fran and Dallas just to get out of the NFC, and I can’t see that happening.

Looking for something more enticing? Detroit, favored to win the NFC North, has moved from +145 to +100 in the NFL Divisional odds. That’s worth a flier, for sure. Their odds to win the conference have shortened dramatically too, from +1100 to +600.

KC didn’t look great but even with the 3rd-toughest schedule, they’re still always the team to beat, because Mahomes is the best player in the NFL. Catching the Chiefs at these longer odds is a bonus.

Kansas City also remains the favorite to take the AFC West, fading slightly from -180 to -110. They’re also still tops to win the AFC, falling from +330 to +410 in the NFL Conference Championship odds. All three Chiefs bets are worthy wagers.

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Eric Rosales

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