Lions vs. Jaguars NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

Detroit Lions NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

Detroit Lions NFL Betting

The Detroit Lions’ longest winning streak in five years came to an end on Thanksgiving with a loss to the Buffalo Bills, but the Lions proved they could compete with one of the Super Bowl favorites. Detroit fought tooth and nail to stay in the game, imbuing the spirit of Dan Campbell with their play. Despite that performance, they are a home underdog against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.

On Sunday, December 4, 2022, the Jacksonville Jaguars will head to the Motor City to face the Detroit Lions. These teams will meet at 1 p.m. ET on FOX from Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

NFL Week 13 Betting Odds

Jacksonville Jaguars -1.5

Detroit Lions +1.5

Total: 51.5

Money Line: Jaguars -121, Lions +101

Detroit Lions Week 13 Matchup

Trevor Lawrence is coming off his best performance of the season last week. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft may finally be turning the corner, as he completed 29 of 37 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Baltimore despite being sacked four times on the afternoon. Lawrence has a rocket arm and is starting to take advantage of Jacksonville’s talent at the skill positions.

Christian Kirk leads the team with 56 receptions for 725 yards and seven touchdowns, while Zay Jones has 58 catches for 562 yards and a TD as the underneath receiver. Meanwhile, Travis Etienne Jr. is having a great first season after missing all last year due to injury, averaging 5.5 YPC and 9.2 YPR in this offense.

Detroit has the worst defense in the NFL. The Lions have improved slightly over the course of the season, but they are still giving up 28.2 PPG and 414.5 YPG. They rank in the bottom three in run defense and in the bottom four in pass defense, yet there is some good news as Jeff Okudah has improved at cornerback and Aidan Hutchinson is coming along nicely. Okudah is questionable to play this week and missed last week though.

Jared Goff is having a nice season for the Lions, completing 63.7% of his passes for 2,682 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The offensive line has done a great job with protection, as he has only been sacked 17 times in 11 games. Amon-Ra St. Brown has been his best target with 65 receptions for 716 yards and four touchdowns, but D.J. Chark is back in the lineup and first-round pick Jameson Williams might be able to return soon.

Although D’Andre Swift has been the more efficient running back, Jamaal Williams has seen most of the carries since Swift was injured last month. Swift is a more effective receiver out of the backfield, but Williams has seen a lot of carries and has a whopping 13 rushing touchdowns.

Jacksonville has improved on defense this season. The Jaguars are allowing just 21.1 PPG, and their run defense has been pretty good in recent weeks. They are extremely healthy on this side of the ball too, and that has made this linebacking corps scary with the presence of three first-round picks in Josh Allen, Devin Lloyd, and Travon Walker.

Detroit Lions Week 12 Recap

We nearly saw the Detroit Lions pull off their biggest win yet last week against the Buffalo Bills. After years of giving us woeful performances on Thanksgiving, Detroit showed a pulse by hanging with Buffalo throughout the game and had a chance to win multiple times. They ended up falling short at the final whistle with a 28-25 defeat, but it was another promising showing from a moribund franchise that may have finally found its way.

Jared Goff completed 23 of 37 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in the close loss. Amon-Ra St. Brown had nine receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown, and D.J. Chark caught the other touchdown pass. Jamaal Williams was the leading rusher with 18 carries for 66 yards and a TD, as he continues to see the bulk of the carries over D’Andre Swift.

He wasn’t at 100% due to an elbow injury that has bothered him for a month, but Josh Allen was able to lead the Bills to a comeback win. Allen completed 24 of 42 passes for 253 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and he led Buffalo with 10 carries for 78 yards and a TD.

Devin Singletary averaged 5.1 YPC, while Isaiah McKenzie was the leading receiver on the Bills with six receptions for 96 yards and a TD. Stefon Diggs was very good too with eight catches for 77 yards and a TD.

Detroit Lions Schedule & Results

Week 1 vs. Philadelphia Eagles L 35-38 0-1
Week 2 vs. Washington Commanders W 36-27 1-1
Week 3 at Minnesota Vikings L 24-28 1-2
Week 4 vs. Seattle Seahawks L 45-48 1-3
Week 5 at New England Patriots L 0-29 1-4
Week 6 BYE
Week 7 at Dallas Cowboys L 6-24 1-5
Week 8 vs.Miami Dolphins L 27-31 1-6
Week 9 vs. Green Bay Packers W 15-9 2-6
Week 10 at Chicago Bears W 31-30 3-6
Week 11 at New York Giants W 31-18 4-6
Week 12 vs. Buffalo Bills L 25-28 4-7
Week 13 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - -
Week 14 vs. Minnesota Vikings - -
Week 15 at New York Jets - -
Week 16 at Carolina Panthers - -
Week 17 vs. Chicago Bears - -
Week 18 at Green Bay Packers - -

The Lions get zero prime time telecasts in the 2022 season. Detroit has not been attractive enough for the networks to want to feature in valuable time slots. Thus, this season, Detroit will want to re-establish credibility. If the Lions can become respectable, they’ll get back on prime time next year.

NFL Football Picks

Detroit Lions Past Seasons (2000)

2021 3-13-1 None
2020 6-10 None
2019 3-12-1 None
2018 6-10 None
2017 9-7 None
2016 9-7 Lost Wild Card Round
2015 7-9 None
2014 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2013 7-9 None
2012 4-12 None
2011 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2010 6-10 None
2009 2-14 None
2008 0-16 None
2007 7-9 None
2006 3-13 None
2005 5-11 None
2004 6-10 None
2003 5-11 None
2002 3-13 None
2001 2-14 None
2000 9-7 None

Founded in 1932, the Detroit Lions have a lot of history, though most of it is for their ineptitude. Once upon a time, the Lions were a power franchise in the NFL.

From 1952 through 1957, the Lions won three NFL championships. Unfortunately for Detroit, that last title in 1957 is not remembered except for its elderly fans. Detroit has never made the Super Bowl since the game's inception in the 1966 season.

The Lions may not have a lot of championships, but they have had many memorable star players through the years. Bobby Layne was the Lions' quarterback in their 1950s era of glory.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Lions had some tough teams that were pretty good, including its 1970 playoff team. Those teams had big-name stars such as cornerback Lem Barney, defensive tackle Alex Karras, cornerback Dick LeBeau, linebacker Joe Schmidt, center Ed Flanigan, kicker Errol Mann, and tight end Charlie Sanders.

The Lions were such an attractive team in that era they were featured in a major motion picture. Alan Alda starred in Paper Lion as the writer that tried out for the team and chronicled his training camp experience in a book.

In later years the Lions had to of the most exciting running backs in NFL history. Billy Sims and Barry Sanders electrified fans and gamblers with their exploits.

In 1991 the Lions had their closest shot at a Super Bowl. Detroit made the NFC championship game but was eliminated by the eventual champion Washington Redskins.

Wayne Fontes was the coach of that Lions team and led Detroit to the playoffs four times from 1991 through 1995.

Since 2000 the Lions have made the NFL playoffs just three times. Their last appearance was in 2016.

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