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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions gets hit by Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers as he passes the ball during the second half at Ford Field on November 18, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Lions draw one of the easiest schedules based on 2020 win total odd.It’s an easy exercise to look at the Detroit Lions schedule for the 2020 season and instantly look back at what happened with all the foes in 2019. But that’s not necessarily the best way to determine the true strength of schedule for the Lions this coming season!

Sports data analyst Warren Sharp looked forward, not back, to create his strength of schedule calculation…

Instead of looking at wins in 2019, Sharp used the projected win totals from a conglomeration of various sports books for each team in 2020.

That approach helps the Lions achieve one of the top 10 easiest schedules…on paper.

Detroit’s slate comes in 8th overall and the 2nd-easiest in the entire NFC, after the division rival Chicago Bears.

Playing the NFC East and AFC South, projected with the NFC North as the weakest top-to-bottom divisions based on win total odds, helps the Lions.

Of course, Detroit’s win total projection at most sportsbooks is either 6 or 6.5, so they help some of those teams also achieve high rankings on Sharp’s strength of schedule metric.

With 25+ years in the radio industry, Detroit native, Walter Neal aka "Tune-Up Man" has worked in radio sales, production, engineering and programming. He enjoys all things sports and is currently on-air weekends in Detroit.