Will We See A Bills vs Lions Super Bowl?

In the world of sports betting, sharp bettors love losers. That is to say, they love fading or backing historically terrible teams, that despite improving their talent pools, continue to lose. On NFL betting lines, two teams that have made sharps a ton of money, are the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions. Prototypical underdogs, the Bills and Lions have been perfected when fishing games enthusiasts look at the spread. Last season, the Lions went an impressive 12 and four against the spread, although they finished the year six and 10 and dead last in their division. With both Buffalo and Detroit starting the season off hot, could this be the year the annual underdogs make it back to the Super Bowl?

For the first time since 1982, the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions are each undefeated after the first three weeks of the regular season.  For Lions fans and bettors alike, bookies have made adjustments to futures odds for Super Bowl 46. Essentially, the Lions who started the season as a 45 to one underdog to win the Super Bowl have moved up to 10 to one favorites.  The adjustment in college football betting odds for Detroit, allows the team to come full circle, after spending the last three years rebuilding.

On the other hand, the Buffalo Bills led by former Ivy League pivot Ryan Fitzpatrick, have also seen their odds increase since the start of the season. Buffalo, who started out as a 75 to one underdog, has moved up dramatically, to 30 to one underdogs. Regardless of two impressive NFL pick come backs against Oakland and New England, the bookies aren’t convinced that Buffalo can keep up the strong play for the entire season.

Looking at both the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions rosters, you can see that a Super Bowl final between the two would be an awful mismatch. Detroit led by franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford, franchise wide receiver Calvin Johnson and franchise defensive stars Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, have some of the best players in the game today.

Meanwhile, in Buffalo, the roster lives up to the cities ‘blue collar’ moniker. The aforementioned Ryan Fitzpatrick is having a breakout season under Head Coach Chan Gailey, but is he really a core player? The defense is mostly made up of veteran journeymen who are on their last legs. What’s more, the offensive tandem of Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson, are two players that on most star teams, would be second or third stringers.

This in turn indicates to bookmakers, that if a Buffalo vs. Detroit Super Bowl were to happen, the Bills would be a significant underdog. However, as we have seen through the start of the season, no lead is too big for the Bills to overcome. Entering week four of the regular season, Buffalo takes on an underrated Cincinnati team that could pull an upset and put a damper in the Bills playoff aspirations. Conversely, Detroit faces the Dallas Cowboys, who are always a tough contest.


About the Author

Jess Kelm is a Canadian sports betting expert and part of the famed Canadian Crew betting syndicate. Email contact@joeduffy.net

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