The Detroit Lions signed Ndamukong Suh to a five-year deal worth $60 million. The Lions are expected to be vastly improved this season and should not be a laughing stock vs. the Internet betting odds in 2010.
Online betting odds still won’t favor Detroit that often in 2010 but the Lions are making progress. Getting Suh in camp was a big step. He is expected to dramatically upgrade Detroit’s defensive line this season. He is getting a lot of money from the Lions with $40 million guaranteed. The Lions defense has been a major weakness the past two seasons and Suh will make a major difference. With Suh signed, there are only two remaining first round picks who have not signed with their teams.
Suh was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season for Nebraska. He is the first defensive player to win the AP Player of the Year award. He won just about every award that a defensive player can win last season. He is the first defensive tackle to be taken with one of the first two picks in the NFL Draft since 1997.
Detroit was 2-14 last season straight up and 4-10-2 against the spread. They were not very competitive in many of their games a year ago. That should change this season. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has another year of experience and the Lions added talent on both offense and defense. The offense should be better with the addition of wide receiver Nate Burleson who can take some of the pressure off of Calvin Johnson. The defense is going to be a lot better with Suh up front.
Detroit really has nowhere to go but up in 2010. They were 26th in the NFL last season in total yards. In defense they were dead last in the NFL in total yards allowed and in points allowed. The defense simply couldn’t stop teams and the offense was not good enough to trade points with other teams. That should not be the case as much in 2010 and Detroit could be a vastly improved team both straight up and against the Internet betting point spread.