With training camp just a month away, the Lions are getting ready for the inevitable questions about who will be their starting quarterback.
Stafford has made it clear he wants to be learning on the field and not on the bench.
Sports betting information shows that Stafford is trying to get the starting nod over veteran Daunte Culpepper. First year head coach Jim Schwartz has not given any indication yet on whether or not Stafford will get the starting nod. After an 0-16 season, fans and NFL betting gamblers will be clamoring for the Stafford to get the job right from the start. If that is a good decision is the question for gamblers who bet NFL odds to answer. Keep in mind that Joey Harrington went down this road in the past for the Lions as NFL odds information shows. He was a rookie in 2002, was handed the starting job and won three of his first five starts as NFL betting stats show. When defenses started to adjust, Harrington fell apart and never recovered. Harrington also couldn’t handle the pressure and eventually the Lions got rid of him. Young quarterbacks usually struggle in the NFL. Stafford probably will too.
Stafford knows all about pressure though and he does not want to start the season on the bench. When talking to ESPN Radio he said, "I’m a competitive guy and I want to be playing the game rather than watching, as anybody does," Stafford said, "But I want to get a grasp of what this league is like and hopefully get out there and try to help this team win some games." The Lions are 11.5 point underdogs in NFL odds at the sports book in Week 1 at New Orleans.
Stafford also knows that the Lions are going to struggle but he seems ready to improve the team with his play. "I think we’re a work in progress. We’ve got a new coaching staff in here implementing a new offense. But we do have some talent. There’s a bunch of guys out here trying to make plays and doing a great job of it.”
Stafford has an offensive coordinator in Scott Linehan who loves to throw the ball so Detroit games could be exciting in NFL betting this season.