NFL betting handicappers are reading good things from Detroit’s training camp as the Lions have a new found optimism and better attitude for the 2010 NFL gambling season.
Last year 2009 number one overall draft pick Matthew Stafford struggled in his on the job training as starting quarterback but looks poised for a much better sophomore season.
Last year he was in a battle for the starting job but enters 2010 as the undisputed number one quarterback and is far better prepared to lead after that highly valuable educational experience of 2009.
“Matt’s in a completely different place this year,” said Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz. “Last year, he was splitting reps, our top three receivers weren’t practicing with him, he was trying to earn a starting position, he was trying to learn the offense, he was going through his very first NFL training camp, and all of the things that go with that. Now, he’s been through it. Now, he’s concentrating on football and not looking over his shoulder.”
Stafford is developing a rapport with his top receiver, Calvin Johnson, as they have been working overtime hours since March.
Detroit is excited about their prospects with the NFL preseason odds now that Ndamukong Suh has been signed. The Lions top draft pick for 2010 is expected to start at nose tackle and have an immediate impact on what should be a highly improved defense that will bring more aggression than what was the case last year.
Schwartz made his bones in the NFL as defensive coordinator with the Tennessee Titans. He is intent on employing his philosophy of pressure for the 2010 season which could make for an improved performance by Detroit with the football odds.
Although Detroit was just 2-14 last year, it was the first full season after the catastrophic Matt Millen regime. There is a buzz in Detroit that better days are ahead.
Stafford commented on the new found optimism and made a statement that handicappers looking for a dark horse NFL betting value may want to consider.
“It’s the next day, the next play, the next practice, and making sure you’re ready for all of it,” said Stafford. “They play the games for a reason. Everybody’s 0-0 right now.”