How Have Lions Fared In December Games Since 2013?

How Have Lions Fared In December Games Since 2013?
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The Detroit Lions have largely been also-rans over the last several years, or even decades. So their December schedule usually hasn’t been much of a concern either around the league or for Michigan betting sites. But 2023 is different.

This season, the Lions were the preseason favorites to win the NFC North and so far, they’ve been delivering on that promise. Detroit is 8-2, leading the NFC North division and putting some distance between themselves and second-place Minnesota (6-5).

The Lions head into their traditional slot as the early game on Thanksgiving Day against their ancient rival, the Geen Bay Packers, but critical games in December are looming. So we at BetMichigan.com, where such information is available along with the industry’s best Michigan sports betting promos, researched which teams have done best and worst in December games since 2013.

Here are the results:

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NFL Team Records in December Since 2013

Rank Team Record Win%
1 Green Bay Packers 32-9 .780
2 Kansas City Chiefs 34-10 .773
3 Dallas Cowboys 28-14 .667
4 Pittsburgh Steelers 29-15 .659
5 Baltimore Ravens 27-17 .614
6 Philadelphia Eagles 25-17 .595
7 Seattle Seahawks 26-18 .591
8 New England Patriots 25-18 .581
9 San Francisco 49ers 25-19 .568
10 New Orleans Saints 23-18 .561
11 Buffalo Bills 23-20 .535
12 Indianapolis Colts 22-20 .524
T-13 Los Angeles Rams 23-21 .523
T-13 Cincinnati Bengals 23-21 .523
T-13 Los Angeles Chargers 23-21 .523
16 Minnesota Vikings 23-22 .511
17 Miami Dolphins 22-22 .500
18 Carolina Panthers 20-21 .487
19 Atlanta Falcons 20-22 .476
20 Denver Broncos 21-24 .467
21 Arizona Cardinals 20-23 .465
22 Detroit Lions 18-24 .429
23 Tennessee Titans 18-25 .419
24 New York Jets 18-27 .400
25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-26 .395
26 Chicago Bears 16-26 .381
27 New York Giants 16-27-1 .375
T-28 Las Vegas Raiders 16-27 .372
T-28 Houston Texans 16-27 .372
30 Jacksonville Jaguars 15-29 .341
31 Washington Commanders 13-28-1 .321
32 Cleveland Browns 11-31 .262

You won’t find insight like this at Michigan sportsbook apps, only at BetMichigan.com. We consulted StatMuse.com to find the records of every NFL team in December since 2013, then we put them in order from best to worst. Note that all teams didn’t participate in the same number of games, so ranking is based on win percentage.

As Detroit fans are all too well aware, the Lions haven’t had too many dominant teams in the last decade. They’ve enjoyed just four winning seasons since 2013.

Detroit showed promise last season, finishing 9-8 after a 1-6 start, but did not go to the playoffs. In the last decade, the Lions’ best season was in 2014 when they went 11-5 and finished second in the division but lost to Dallas in the Wild Card round. They again lost in the first round in 2016 against Seattle.

This season, Detroit Lions Super Bowl odds are worth a legitimate peek on a weekly basis.

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Lions In Bottom Half Of NFL Since 2013

But historically, the Lions have not surged in December. Since 2013, Detroit has posted an 18-24 record (.429) in December. Among the Lions’ NFC North rivals, Green Bay has the NFL’s best December record since 2013 at 32-9 (.780), Minnesota is 23-22 at .511, and Chicago is 16-26 at.381.

Looking ahead after Detroit’s 22nd Turkey Day game against the Packers, the December schedule features games at New Orleans (Dec. 3), at Chicago (Dec. 10), against Denver at home (Dec. 17), at Minnesota (Dec. 24) and at Dallas Dec. 30. The regular-season finale is against Minnesota on Jan. 7 at home. FanDuel Michigan Sportsbook has odds of +1300 for the Lions to win the Super Bowl, the best value among a handful of operators that we surveyed on Wednesday afternoon.

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Bill Ordine, senior journalist and columnist for BetMichigan.com, was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.

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