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Lions vs Saints NFL Betting Lines & Pick: Injury Concerns Loom Over NOLA

Week 13 of the NFL season features a few pivotal spots for teams and while we aren’t quite into “must-win” territory for most, the New Orleans Saints could use one against the Detroit Lions in a big way. They’re currently tied atop the NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons, who they lost to last week.

As for the Detroit Lions, a tough Thanksgiving Day loss to the Green Bay Packers wasn’t enough to sour the impressive start this team has put together. While the Saints are fighting to remain at the .500 mark, the Lions sit at 8-3 and even with the loss last week, are two games ahead in the NFC North.

Lions vs Saints NFL Betting Lines & Pick: Injury Concerns Loom Over NOLA
Lions vs Saints NFL Betting Lines & Pick: Injury Concerns Loom Over NOLA

Injuries Loom Large for Both Teams

While we’re right around the time of the year when injuries can really make an impact on a team’s production on either side of the ball, the Saints could face a tough task in Week 13. They’re already without wide receiver Michael Thomas, who was placed on Injured Reserve, but to make matters worse, fellow wideouts Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed are both listed as questionable.

If the Saints are down both Thomas and Olave or worse, all three of their top wideouts, it’s going to make for a tough day offensive against a Lions offense that averages the second-most yards per game at 405.5 and has averaged 26.7 points per game.

This is a big situation to monitor, but regardless, the injury bug could impact the Saints far more than Detroit and could result in New Orleans struggling to keep pace offensively.


Lions vs Saints Game Information

  • Game: Lions (8-3, 4-1) vs Saints (5-6, 2-2)
  • Date/Time: Sun, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET
  • Location: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, LA
  • Lions vs Saints Live Stream: NFL Game Pass


Lions vs Saints Betting Lines


Lions vs Saints Best Bet

Even with the injury concerns looming for the Saints, they enter this game as 4½-point underdogs at home according to the latest NFL Las Vegas odds. We’ve seen the Lions respond well to losses. After their first loss, Detroit put together four consecutive wins while winning three straight following its second loss.

This is going to be a tough spot for New Orleans. The Saints have dropped two straight games and there’s a legitimate argument to be made that the Lions will be their toughest matchup thus far.

I think Detroit responds following the Thanksgiving Day loss and the injuries prove too much for the Saints to overcome. I’m taking the Lions to win by double-digits thanks to a strong second-half showing.

Predicted Score: Detroit Lions 31, New Orleans Saints 21

NFL Pick: Detroit Lions -4½ (-110)


Lions vs Saints Total

The recent offensive struggles for the Saints have been glaringly obvious and have kept the over/under on this game down a bit. The current total is set at 47 and if the Lions offense comes out strong, I think we see that number cleared, assuming the Saints can find the end zone a few times.

I’m taking the over, but think potentially teasing the Lions to +3 and taking the over down to under 40 could be a wise play. Regardless, I’m going to back Jared Goff and company, as the Lions offense has shown impressive upside this season, and should bounce back from last week’s loss in a big way offensively, so I’ll take the over.

NFL Pick: Over 47 total points (-110)



Questions Of The Day

Which Lions player is most likely to go over their rushing yards prop in the game?

David Montgomery is questionable for this game with a foot injury, and even if he plays, backfield mate Jahmyr Gibbs could see a bit more work and he’s flashed major upside, totaling 77 yards three weeks ago and 152 the week prior.

Will Lions quarterback Jared Goff throw for over 255 yards?

With the Lions coming off a loss paired with Jared Goff’s impressive stretch of topping 255 passing yards (five of the last six games), I think he tops 255 yards here.

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