Football betting handicappers will be highly interested in any signs that the Lions are ready to rise from the NFL gambling ashes of their 0-16 season of 2008. Detroit has a new general manager and coach for this football betting season. Martin Mayhew took over as the GM and hired Jim Schwartz as the head coach.
Schwartz spent the last eight NFL gambling campaigns as the defensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans. Schwartz will certainly have a formidable football betting challenge as he enters the football betting preseason with a team that is facing many questions and problems.
Detroit had a highly productive off season and has many new faces for this football betting season starting with the number one overall selection in the draft; quarterback Matthew Stafford of Georgia.
Stafford is currently listed number two on the depth chart behind Daunte Culpepper but once he shows any sign of having the ability to take over the number one spot it will be his. Stafford should see plenty of work during the football betting preseason.
Third on the depth chart at quarterback is local hero Drew Stanton from Michigan State who will be entering his third season as a pro but with only 3 games played. The Lions wasted no time in the free agent market either as Mayhew signed a boatload of prospects including 12 from other teams.
Schwartz will have to spend the football betting preseason organizing all of the new faces and trying to get them in sync. Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons has a different preseason football betting challenge as he must try and keep his team focused and ready after their surprise playoff run of last year.
Second string quarterback Chris Redman, a 10 year pro out of Louisville, should see plenty of exhibition snaps and that could be a potential handicapping advantage as he brings all of that experience going up against what should be a lot of inexperienced defenses.
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