2023 Detroit Lions schedule, betting odds, and predictions

By Zachary Cohen  (VSiN.com) 

May 11, 2023 06:40 PM

Lions 2023 schedule paves way for first playoff appearance since 2016

The Detroit Lions are hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016, when they lost 26-6 to the Seattle Seahawks in a Wild Card Game. This Lions team barely missed out on making the postseason last year, but the team went out and added some legitimate studs in the offseason. With Aaron Rodgers now playing for the New York Jets, the NFC North crown is there for the taking. Will the Lions win the division this season? Keep reading for some schedule analysis.  

Detroit Lions betting odds

(odds from DraftKings as of May 11, 4:00 p.m. PT)

Season Win Total Odds: 9.5 (-150/+130)

Super Bowl Odds: +1900

NFC Champion: +750

NFC North Champion: +110

Last season: 9-8, 2nd in NFC North

Key additions: S C.J. Gardner-Johnson, RB David Montgomery, CB Cameron Sutton, OG Graham Glasgow, WR Marvin Jones, CB Emmanuel Moseley, RB Jahmyr Gibbs*, LB Jack Campbell*, TE Sam LaPorta*, S Brian Branch*, QB Hendon Hooker*, DT Brodric Martin*

Key losses: CB Jeff Okudah, WR D.J. Chark, RB Jamaal Williams, LB Chris Board, RB D’Andre Swift, CB Mike Hughes, S DeShon Elliott*

* - drafted

2023 Detroit Lions schedule

  • Week 1: @ Kansas City Chiefs (KC -6.5, Total: 53.5)
  • Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks (DET -2)
  • Week 3: vs. Atlanta Falcons (DET -5)
  • Week 4: @ Green Bay Packers (DET -1.5)
  • Week 5: vs. Carolina Panthers (DET -5)
  • Week 6: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DET -3.5)
  • Week 7: @ Baltimore Ravens (BAL -2)
  • Week 8: vs. Las Vegas Raiders (DET -3.5)
  • Week 9: BYE WEEK
  • Week 10: @ Los Angeles Chargers (LAC -2.5)
  • Week 11: vs. Chicago Bears (DET -5)
  • Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers (DET -4)
  • Week 13: @ New Orleans Saints (DET -1.5)
  • Week 14: @. Chicago Bears (DET -1.5)
  • Week 15: vs. Denver Broncos (DET -2)
  • Week 16: @ Minnesota Vikings (MIN -1)
  • Week 17: @ Dallas Cowboys (DAL -2.5)
  • Week 18: vs. Minnesota Vikings (DET -2.5)

(odds from DraftKings Sportsbook)

Detroit Lions schedule this year

The Lions are looking to make a splash this year, and their schedule likely won’t be standing in the way of that. Detroit is the favorite to win the NFC North, so the Lions will feel good about their chances against all divisional opponents this season. Detroit also happens to have home games against mediocre teams like the Falcons, Panthers, Broncos, Raiders and Seahawks. All of those games are very winnable. Detroit’s road schedule is a lot tougher, but two or three wins away from home should be enough for the Lions to play in the postseason. Detroit will have a chance to make a statement right off the bat, as the team faces Kansas City in the season’s Thursday night opener. 

Detroit Lions schedule analysis

For more on the Lions schedule, here’s what Matt Youmans and Wes Reynolds had to say on VSiN Tonight following the NFL’s official release:

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