Since 1994, the Detroit Lions are an absolutely woeful 5-22 SU/9-15-3 ATS at the Minnesota Vikings. Also of note: The under has hit in 8 of the last 9 Lions-at-Vikings games and is 19-8 in the last 27 meetings.
Ben Johnson will stay in Detroit as the Lions' offensive coordinator for the 2023 season. Johnson was supposed to interview for Carolina Panthers' head coaching vacancy on Wednesday. Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans were also interested in hiring him. The Lions won eight of their last 10 games to finish the season 9-8. They had the fifth-highest scoring offense in the NFL this season thanks to Johnson.
Ben Johnson will not be named the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers. He will remain with the Detroit Lions. Johnson was set to interview with Carolina on Wednesday. The Panthers owner David Tepper is said to be interested in hiring Johnson.
Ben Johnson, the Lions offensive coordinator, is staying with the team. He was the subject of several interviews, including with Colts and Texans. Johnson has been with Detroit since 2019. The Lions' offense was one of the biggest surprises this season. Jared Goff, Jamaal Williams and DJ Chark are still under contract. The team also has a lot of other players under contracts. It's possible Johnson will be hired again in 2024. The Lions have four starting offensive linemen under a contract for 2023. They also have Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jameson Williams, and D'Andre Swift.
The Detroit Lions finished the 2022 season with a 9-8 record. Several young players impressed during the season.
Friday, 27 Aug: Indianapolis Colts vs Detroit Lions at Ford Field
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Sunday, 26 Dec: Detroit Lions vs Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Monday, 20 Sep: Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field
Sunday, 24 Oct: Detroit Lions vs Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium
Sunday, 14 Nov: Detroit Lions vs Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field
Sunday, 21 Nov: Detroit Lions vs Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium
Sunday, 12 Dec: Detroit Lions vs Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High
Sunday, 19 Dec: Arizona Cardinals vs Detroit Lions at Ford Field
Sunday, 02 Jan: Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field
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Sunday, 25 Sep: Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium
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Saturday, 22 Oct: Detroit Lions vs Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium
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Sunday, 06 Nov: Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions at Ford Field
Sunday, 13 Nov: Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears at Soldier Field
Sunday, 20 Nov: Detroit Lions vs New York Giants at MetLife Stadium
Thursday, 24 Nov: Buffalo Bills vs Detroit Lions at Ford Field
Sunday, 04 Dec: Jacksonville Jaguars vs Detroit Lions at Ford Field
Sunday, 11 Dec: Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions at Ford Field
Sunday, 18 Dec: Detroit Lions vs New York Jets at MetLife Stadium
Saturday, 24 Dec: Detroit Lions vs Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium
Sunday, 01 Jan: Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions at Ford Field
Few fanbases can match the sheer futility experienced by the Detroit Lions faithful. The team has yet to win a championship since 1957 and from 1963 to 2010 experienced just four 10-win seasons and nine playoff bids. With former classic beat dogs like the Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints recently making Super Bowls, the Lions are now just one of four NFL clubs not to have made an appearance in The Big Game – and NFLbets figures the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars ain’t too far off…
The Detroit Lions origins as a franchise go back to Ohio, breeding ground for semi-pro football in the 20th century’s first half. In 1934, a local radio station announced its purchase of the NFL’s 1932 champion Portsmouth Spartans, which would be relocated to Detroit for the following season. Thus were the Spartans the last small-market team to relocate, and the 11-team NFL of ’34 was comprised of 10 teams set squarely in American metropolises and the 11th in Green Bay.
In their first season in the Motor City, QB/coach Potsy Clark led the newly rechristened Lions to a 10-3 mark in 1934 and to Detroit’s first NFL title in ’35. This championship would unfortunately precede a 16-year drought without a playoff appearance in the days before wild-card bids. However, the Lions regrouped into a force once again in the early 1950s: Teams stocked with legends like Doak Walker, Bobby Layne, Yale Lary, Leon Hart and Jack Christiansen got the Lions to most-feared status with four bids between 1952 and ’57, including three title wins.
Who in 1957 would have known what would follow? These once-mighty Lions for any number of reasons would muster just three playoff appearances (one of them coming based on a 4-5 record in the strike-shortened ’82 season) in the next 33 years. Of all the all-time greats the Lions had fielded prior to the 60s, the greatest in the post-NFL/AFL merger era have all mostly wasted years of their careers in Detroit.
Biggest case in point: Barry Sanders. Simply one of the greatest ever to play NFL football, Sanders joined Detroit in ’89, played on Lions teams which went 86-74 (so between 8-8 and 9-7 on average) in a 10-year career cut short by the man himself realizing the futility of playing for a team who wouldn’t pay out to support him with all-star teammates.
In 2001, the team made its most significant personnel decision ever as a franchise, taking on Matt Millen as general manager. By slowly running his team into the ground via draft busts and non-activity during free-agency periods, the Lions went a cumulative 31-97 and recorded the first-ever 0-16 season in NFL history during Millen’s eight years “running” things.
After a couple of years of rebuilding, the Lions got back to competitiveness by 2011 and made three playoff appearances in six years. However, an 0-3 overall record in the playoffs in the 10s hardly justifies blowing Calvin Johnson’s entire career…