Lions favored to win for first time in almost two years

By , 97.1 The Ticket

The last time the Lions entered a game favored to win, Matthew Stafford was quarterback and Matt Patricia was coach. That could change Sunday when they host the Commanders.

The Lions are currently listed as 2.5-point favorites over Washington. If the line holds, they will be favored at kickoff for the first time since Week 11 of the 2020 season when they were one-point road favorites against the Carolina Panthers and former XFL quarterback P.J. Walker. The Lions were torched 20-0 and Patricia was fired one game later, but we digress.

This is quite the betting swing. The Lions were originally listed as 1.5-point underdogs against the Commanders, back in July. Then they hung tough with a good Eagles team in a 38-35 loss in Week 1, while Carson Wentz and the Commanders needed a fourth-quarter rally to overcome the Jaguars. Vegas has apparently taken notice. So has the public.

The Lions' 24-game streak as the betting underdog is the longest in the NFL, according to ESPN. The second-longest streak belongs to the Giants at 15 games, which is also set to end on Sunday with New York listed as 2.5-point favorites against -- you guessed it -- the Carolina Panthers.

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