Michigan bettor has a faith in the Lions

The Detroit Lions have never won a Super Bowl. It doesn’t seem like that drought will end this season.

One bettor is undeterred by low expectations for the Lions. On Sunday in Michigan, a bettor placed two separate Lions future bets. Both would win a ton of money.

The first was $1,000 to win $100,000 on the Lions winning the NFC at +10000 odds. Then he or she made a $500 bet to win $125,000 on Lions at +25000 odds to win Super Bowl.

That’s optimistic.

Michigan bettors back home teams

People in Michigan like betting on the home teams. The funniest example might be that Detroit Tigers pitcher Casey Mize had 29.2 percent of all tickets in the AL Cy Young future market. That was the highest percentage by far. Only one other pitcher, Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees, had more than 6.7 percent.

The support for the home teams in Michigan is commendable. The problem is that the local teams aren’t very good.

The Lions certainly are not very good. The odds on the Lions going deep in the playoffs have been getting longer. For the Super Bowl, the Lions opened at +8000 and are now +25000. They opened at +4000 to win the NFC and are now +10000.

At least that Lions better is getting a bang for his buck.

One bettor is expecting big things from new Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Lions have low expectations

In our NFL preview series, the Lions came in at No. 31. They were ahead of only the awful Houston Texans.

If we’re trying to find a reason to bet on the Lions to win it all, other than just making a homer bet, it’s that maybe a coaching change from Matt Patricia to Dan Campbell leads to a big revival. The Lions do have a good offensive line and perhaps they can run the ball and play defense to grind out some wins.

It’s a tough sell. The Lions are likely to be last place in the NFC North as their rebuild starts. But those are a couple of fun tickets for that Michigan bettor to hold.

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