Playing in the “Black & Blue” NFC North Division, the Detroit Lions have established some of the most time-honored rivalries in the NFL. Playing annually on Thanksgiving Day, the team is a huge attraction for legal sports betting on that holiday.
Detroit Lions Team Overview
The Detroit Lions are considered to be one of the eight original franchises in the NFL. Dating all the way back to 1930 as the Portsmouth Spartans in Ohio, the team moved to Detroit in 1934 as the Lions.
This is the only original NFL franchise that has never won a Super Bowl. However, the Lions won four NFL titles from 1935 to 1957.
Over the years, the Lions have become known for posting far more losing seasons than trips to the NFL playoffs. The team’s deepest playoff run was in 1991 when Detroit played in the 1991 NFC Championship. Wayne Fontes was the head coach of that team and running back Barry Sanders was the Lions’ best player.
Along with Sanders, players such as Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Alex Karras had thriving NFL careers in Detroit.
With legal sports betting in more than 30 states, betting the Lions as underdogs is a popular option during the regular season.
If the Lions were listed as seven-point underdogs, you could win money wagering on Detroit as long as the team lost that game by six or fewer points. You would also cash-in if the Lions actually won the game.
Betting on the Detroit Lions in Michigan
Michigan has quickly grown to become one of the biggest legal sports betting markets in the US. Before online betting through mobile apps, the only way to bet on Detroit Lions’ games was through retail sportsbooks located in land-based casinos.
Popular betting options in Detroit include MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown Casino Hotel and MotorCity Casino Hotel.
In January of 2021, Michigan expanded its legal sports betting options through online sportsbooks. In-state operators such as BetMGM do a brisk business booking action on Lions’ games.
Detroit Lions Partnership With Sportsbooks
In July of 2021, the Lions entered into a partnership with WynnBET as an official sportsbook & gaming partner. This deal featured the “WynnBET Sports Bar at Ford Field.”
Given MGM Resorts International’s gaming presence in Michigan, BetMGM was a natural fit as an official partner of the team as well. As part of an existing relationship with MGM, the MGM Tunnel Club is another unique feature at Ford Field for Lions’ home games.