Taking the head coaching job for the Detroit Lions is not for the faint of heart. The embattled franchise is the oldest team to have never won a Super Bowl and has only made the playoffs three times in the Super Bowl era.
The last time the Lions won a playoff game was 1991, and they last made the playoffs in 2016, when the team made an early exit in the Wild Card Round. So it hasn’t been a fun time for sports betting if you’ve been backing the Lions.
But if you talk to Detroit Lions’ coach Dan Campbell, none of that seems to matter. Campbell didn’t wait long to make his presence felt when he was named the Detroit head coach.
He made a splash in his introductory press conference when he announced with unbridled enthusiasm that his team would bite the knee caps off of its opponents. While fans shouldn’t take Campbell’s comments literally, it’s still the type of refreshing message that the city of Detroit so desperately needed to hear.
Attitude is Everything
The former player turned coach doesn’t seem interested in offering up tired platitudes that the city has heard ad nauseam for decades. Instead, he brings an in-your-face approach that embodies a city that’s been through hard times but has risen from the ashes with resilience. Campbell has made it clear that it will be a dog fight every time the Lions step out on the field.
By all accounts, his message has resonated with his players and staff so far. Although the team is 0-5, the Lions have shown some fight this year and haven’t laid down for anyone. This mentality was displayed in Week 5 when the Lions were only 37 seconds away from victory.
The Building Blocks Are There
It appears the building blocks are finally in place for the Detroit Lions to produce for its diehard fanbase. Campbell brings his 22 years of NFL experience into town (including ten as a player), and the team also upgraded its play-calling by hiring highly respected offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn.
They have a young dual-threat backfield that includes rising star D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams and a sturdy quarterback with Jared Goff, who is likely bridging the gap until the Lions draft a new QB.
Will Dan Campbell Finally Get a Win in Week 6?
The Lions are already on their 11th coach of the millennium, as the revolving door seems to keep getting a lot of use. However, that could change with Campbell at the helm. He strikes me as someone who has plans to stick around for a while and build something.
I don’t believe their winning ways start in Week 6 when the Bengals come to town. Joe Burrow is playing at a high level, and the Bengals look like a real contender this year, especially after pushing the Packers to the limit before losing in overtime in Week 5.
With Detroit playing competitive football, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see them picking up a couple of wins soon, and they have a chance to steal some spreads against tough teams, particularly divisional opponents later in the year.
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Regardless of their record, the Lions’ Dan Campbell and Detroit will be a fun team to follow all season long. So be sure to keep up to date on BetMGM’s football betting lines and check back daily for Michigan sports betting action on all of your favorite NFL teams.