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Lions four games away from NFL infamy

Dec 7, 2008 7:13 PM
by Kevin Stott | The Lions host their NFC Central rival the Vikings today (10 a.m. PT) in Week 14 of the NFL season. For the interested proposition (prop) bettor, this will likely be the last opportunity to get Detroit as plus-money (+135, Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. properties) for the "yes" in the "Will Detroit finish 0-16?" proposition bet. The "no" side of the prop – which would reward bettors should the Lions win a game – was -155. The Vikings were installed as 10-point favorites over the Lions for the game.

Should Minnesota defeat Detroit, the Lions will have just three games left in order to try and eke out their first win of the season: at Indianapolis on Dec. 14 (Week 15); vs. New Orleans in Detroit on Dec. 21 (Week 16); and their finale, at Green Bay on Dec. 28 (Week 17). And there is no doubt that the Lambs, excuse me, the Lions will be heavy underdogs in all three of those final games.

The unique prop bet opened up with the Lions -400 to win at least one game with the original takeback of +300 on them going winless. No team in NFL history has ever gone 0-16 since inception of the 16-game schedule in 1978. In 1976, the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 0-14 – the last team to go the duration of the regular season without a victory.

Both Harrah’s properties and Lucky’s Race and Sports Book offered a similar proposition bet this year on whether or not the Tennessee Titans would go undefeated through the regular season. Jeff Fisher’s team lost its shot at a 16-0 regular season came crashing down Nov. 23 when the upstart New York Jets upset the Titans, 34-13 as 5½-point underdog at Nashville’s LP Stadium.

Lucky’s also featured a creative prop tying the two extremes together which asked the question which would happen first, the Titans winning a game (-170) or the Lions losing a game (+140).