Sports betting has been live in Michigan since January 2021 which means this season will be the first full NFL season fans in the Great Lakes States can bet on. Ten sportsbooks launched on January 22, 2021, but there are now 14 different brands operating in Michigan. So, if you are in Michigan and you want to place a bet on the Detroit Lions—you have options.
Of course, when it comes to betting on the Detroit Lions, banking on them to win the Super Bowl is not an advisable bet. With how they played against the Ravens in Week Three, there was a reason to believe they might pull off a win against the Chicago Bears last week—but they did not. With the loss, they are now tied with the Jets, Jaguars, and Texans for the longest Super Bowl odds in the league at +100000 (via DraftKings).
As for the primary contenders, most of them had pretty good weeks in Week Four. Kansas City got back on the right side of the scoreboard with a win over the Eagles. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers recorded a win over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Buffalo destroyed the Texans and the Cardinals dismantled the Rams with relative ease.
The Raiders, Panthers, and Broncos got a reality check with losses to the Chargers, Cowboys, and Ravens. It may be time to start believing in the Dallas Cowboys, and the Green Bay Packers are looking like contenders, too. But we are only four weeks into a long season. Time will tell if they become legitimate contenders or if someone else will emerge to challenge the current contenders.
So, bet carefully. A lot can happen in the weeks ahead.
Current Super Bowl Odds In Michigan
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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers got back on the right side of the scoreboard with a win over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The game was a relatively close one (19-17) but that is more due to New England playing up to the competition and not the Buccaneers playing down to it. They are back at home in Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins, a game they should win with ease.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs got back in the win column with a 42-30 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. But they did not do anything to make themselves look better as contenders. Patrick Mahomes and the offense were on point, but once again, the defense was disappointing to say the least. They have another tough one on deck in Week 5 on Sunday Night Football against the Buffalo Bills.
3. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams were looking every bit the Super Bowl contender the first few weeks of the season—but then they ran into the Arizona Cardinals in Week Four. Kyler Murray and the Arizona offense had no trouble picking the Rams defense apart on the way to a 37-20 win. They will look to get back in the win column in Week 5 on Thursday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks.
4. Buffalo Bills
The Bills were expected to win with ease against the Houston Texans last week and did just that, shutting them out, 40-0. Against such a poor team it is hard to learn anything about the Bills. But since they did not play down to the competition and no one was injured, which is good. They will earn their spot amongst the NFL’s elite if they can beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday Night Football in Week 5.
N/A – Detroit Lions
There was hope for the Lions against the Chicago Bears last week. But rather than notch win No. 1 of the season, they found another way to lose. Jared Goff did what he could with the weapons he has on the Lions offense. However, the defense could not handle the Chicago Bears offense.
Chicago did a better job managing Justin Field this week who looked like an NFL quarterback should be against the Lions defense. But what did the Lions in against the Bears was the run defense. It gave up 188 total yards and three touchdowns; David Montgomery accounted for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
There have been signs of improvement every week. But until they can cut out the mistakes and play a complete game, the Lions are going to struggle. Technically, they are not out of the running for anything, but you would have to be an extremely optimistic super-fan to think the Lions can get things turned around this season.
Where Can I Bet On The Super Bowl In Michigan?
Betting On The Super Bowl Online In Michigan
Michigan legalized sports betting in December 2019 with House Bill 4916. This coincided with the passage of House Bills 4311 and 4308 as well, which legalized online casinos and Daily Fantasy Sports sites, respectively.
As of January 22, 2021, online sports betting is officially legal and launched, with 1o sportsbook apps launching on day one. This is just in time for bettors to place their bets on Super Bowl LV.
Existing casinos and online sports betting companies continue to strike deals. By the time the market gets situated by 2022, adults over 21 in Michigan will likely have at least a dozen different sites and apps to choose from.
Online Sports Betting Sites In Michigan
Michigan sportsbook apps include:
- Golden Nugget
- Twin Spires
- Four Winds Sportsbook
- FireKeepers Sportsbook
Other sportsbooks apps are live and more will continue to launch throughout 2021.
See our full Guide To Michigan Sports Betting Apps.
Sportsbook Locations In Michigan
In March 2020, the first in-person sportsbooks launched in the three Detroit casinos. But they’ll likely launch in most casinos across the state, the rest of which are tribal-owned and span across both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Assuming sportsbooks stay open starting August 2020, you can visit Detroit casinos to bet on sports in person.
These sports lounges offer both futures bets as well as NFL regular season and playoff games once things get rolling. They all also have tons of TVs, a full bar and food menu, and self-serve kiosks on top of ticket booths.
See our full roundup of Michigan Retail Sportsbooks.
History of Detroit Lions Championships
The Detroit Lions won four NFL championships (1935, 1952, 1953, 1957) before the AFL and NFL merger and the creation of the Super Bowl in 1966. Since then, they’ve never appeared in a Super Bowl.
In fact, the Lions haven’t won so much as a division championship since 1993, which is when their best ever player Barry Sanders was there to help carry the team to some moments of greatness.
To make matters worse, the current face of the franchise is their quarterback Matthew Stafford tested positive for COVID-19 leading into training camp. As one of the best Detroit players of all time in his own right, his shaky start made the Lions’ Super Bowl odds in 2021 all the more unlikely.
Off-Season/In-Season Odds Breakdown For The Detroit Lions
A poor season in 2020 led to a ton of changes for the perpetually rebuilding Detroit Lions. While that may be frustrating for fans, when something is clearly not working change is needed—and something was clearly not working.
So, in comes another new head coach, Dan Campbell, and general manager, Brad Holmes. Tasked with arguably the toughest job outside of the reclamation project in Houston, they have a lot of work ahead of them. The work started with trading long-time quarterback Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff and some picks.
While they got him some much-needed help on the offensive line via the draft, they did not do much anywhere else. But they have not been as bad as most projected them to be.
The final score looked better than the game was in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers. They played well in the first half against the Green Bay Packers in Week 2. But too many mistakes in the second half let Aaron Rodgers and the Packers steal the win. It looked like they might beat the Ravens in Week 3—but then Justin Tucker set a new record for longest field goal as time expired for the win.
With how they looked against the Ravens there was hope for the Lions against the Bears in Week 4. But the defense could not put enough pressure on Justin Fields, nor could they slow down the run game. In the end, they lost 24-14.
The loss dropped their odds down to +100000 (at DraftKings), tied for the worst with the Houston Texans, New York Jets, and Jacksonville Jaguars. That translates into a .1 percent chance of winning Super Bowl LVI. Technically, that means they have a chance. But realistically…
NFL Super Bowl Odds And Betting
The moneyline bet is also called a straight bet because you’re picking who will win. It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter how many points either team scores or whether it goes into overtime. If your pick wins the game, you win the bet.
In a points spread bet, the scoreline matters. If you pick the favorite team, they have to win by the same amount or more points than the sportsbook lists. For example, if the Lions are the favorite and the spread is -3½, they have to win by at least four points for a payout.
If you pick the underdog, they either need to win by any amount or lose within the spread. Let’s say you bet the underdog Bears at a +6½ spread. They would either need to win the game or lose by six points or fewer for a payout.
The sportsbook will guess the total number of points, and you either bet that the scoreline will be above or below their guess. Sportsbooks will also do totals on the quarters and half, especially for Super Bowl odds 2021.
In a parlay bet, you make multiple picks, and they all need to be correct for you to receive a payout. The point of a parlay is to boost the winning potential on a handful of events taking place around the same time, such as Thursday through Monday night games.
Another form of the Parlay is the Teaser, wherein you can manually adjust the point spread on the various picks. This is a more advanced form of the Parlay, but seasoned bettors may be able to improve their season-long net winnings by doing Teasers rather than Parlay.
What Is An NFL Futures Bet
A futures bet for the NFL (and all sports) is where you bet on an outcome for an event that will happen sometime in the future. For the NFL, the most popular futures bets are who will win the Super Bowl and which teams will win the championships.
However, because the NFL is the most popular sport to bet on in Michigan and across the US, the futures bets are far more varied than most other sports. You can bet on exact matchups, like the Super Bowl being the Baltimore Ravens vs. the Detroit Lions, and a wide variety of other options that range wildly in odds.
What Is A Super Bowl Prop Bet
A Super Bowl prop bet is making picks based on in-game outcomes. These can include guessing who will win Super Bowl MVP, number of sacks, completions, field goals, and so on. You can even guess which of the two halves will have the most points scored.
For the 2020 Super Bowl, you not only had the option to bet on the length of Demi Lovato’s National Anthem, you could bet on the length of the final word “brave.” If that’s not specific enough for you, how about an over/under on “total players with a pass attempt”?
The list goes on, and you may see something even more creative at Super Bowl LV.
How Super Bowl Bettings Odds Are Calculated
Super Bowl betting odds are normally calculated using American Odds. This is the plus (+) and minus (-) odds rather than the decimal or fractional odds.
At most online sportsbooks, you can change how the odds are presented based on your preference. So if you prefer European odds, you can switch it up with the click of a button. Also, you can click the bet line, type in the amount you want to wager, and you’ll see how much you’ll win if the bet is successful.
How Do American Odds Work?
The plus (+) number is how much you’ll win if you bet $100. The minus (-) number is how much you need to bet to win $100. The highest minus number is the favorite, and the highest positive number is underdog.
Let’s use the home team as the favorite in an example:
Detroit Lions -150
Green Bay Packers +250
If you bet $150 on the Lions, you’d win $100. If you bet $100 on the Packers, you’d win $250.
What Affects The Odds?
You can see the odds at a sportsbook change ten times in five minutes based on a variety of factors. These include injuries, changes to the weather, and how much people are betting on the different outcomes.
If you’re betting on a game after the kickoff, you’ll see the odds change based on the ongoing in-game circumstances. For example, you can bet that a team will win after they’re behind by a touchdown.
How To Place Online Super Bowl Bets In Michigan
Anyone located in the state of Michigan who’s over the age of 21 will be able to register and bet at online sportsbooks. That means you don’t need to be a Michigan resident to place real-money wagers on sports as long as you’re within state lines.
The first step is registering through the sportsbook app or website. Which brand you choose is based on personal preference, but some will have better bonuses and odds than others.
For the Super Bowl, joining a few different sites may be a smart move. That way, you can shop around a bit to find the best payout for your picks.
Registration will be relatively simple. You’ll need to provide personal information, including billing address, login info, and other standard details. You’ll also need to allow the app or site to know your location so that it can confirm you’re placing bets in Michigan. However, you can register from anywhere.
Deposit And Bet
Once you’ve created an account, you can deposit using a variety of methods, including credit and debit card, e-wallets like PayPal, and cash payment locations. You also might be able to deposit at the partnering casino’s cashier.
You can then place bets on the Super Bowl with practically no limits. This includes total, moneyline, points spread, and all the props you can imagine.
When the dust settles, you can withdraw your winnings using bank transfer, e-wallet, or casino cage depending on the sports betting platform.
Michigan Betting Odds For The Super Bowl FAQ
The largest concentration of sports betting venues are in Detroit. But once online sportsbooks enter the Michigan market, you’ll be able to join, bet, and withdraw winnings from anywhere in the state.
21. The gambling age in Michigan is 21 years old and up. That age requirement applies to both online and in-person sportsbooks in the state. You’ll likely need to provide a valid ID to complete remote registration at a Michigan sports betting site as a result.
Yes. The moment legal sports betting sites and apps launch in the State of Michigan. It will be completely safe to place a Super Bowl bet online.
However, betting at an offshore, illegal site is where it can get unsafe. There’s no guarantee the sportsbook is well-regulated and trustworthy.
Yes. Online sportsbooks in Michigan will offer in-game, live betting during Super Bowl LV. In-game betting is when you place bets on the game after it’s already begun. You can also place live bets at in-person sportsbooks.
Yes, you can bet on “off the field” events at the Super Bowl. Online and in-person Michigan sportsbooks will offer bets that include heads or tails on the coin toss, the length of the National Anthem and halftime show, and beyond. Different sportsbooks will have different off the field picks. Be sure to shop around for the most unique and profitable options.
Kansas City Chiefs. The reigning Super Bowl champions are the preseason favorite to win the Super Bowl at all major Detroit sportsbooks. This includes the MGM Grand, Greektown, and MotorCity.
The Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, and the Baltimore Ravens are also top contenders.
Currently, zero. The preseason futures odds had the Detroit Lions winning Super Bowl LV at +6600 on average. Those American Odds translated to a probability of 1.5 percent, but the Lions have since dropped the ball.
February 7, 2021. Super Bowl LV (55) will take place on February 7, 2021. The game will take place in Tampa Bay, FL’s Raymond James Stadium, home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The game will be shown live on CBS at 6:30 PM EST.