Detroit Lions vs Atlanta Falcons News & Picks
Detroit Lions vs Atlanta Falcons Odds
|Detroit Lions||+2½ -110||55 -110o||+120|
|Atlanta Falcons||-2½ -110||55 -110u||-140|
**Odds as of 10/23**
Against the Spread (Devlin Duckett)
The Detroit Lions are better than their 2-3 record suggests, and they’ll give the Falcons a run for their money. The only definitive loss the Lions suffered was a 42-21 Week 2 drubbing by the Packers. In every other game, Detroit has either won or been within one touchdown of winning. If the ball bounced just a tad differently vs Chicago and New Orleans, the Lions would be 4-1, along with the Packers.
Atlanta seems to have broken their 2020 curse by firing Dan Quinn, having earned a 40-23 win vs Minnesota. Let’s not hold a parade for the Falcons just yet, though. Atlanta gave up all 23 points in the second half, a glimmer of the backsliding they’re famous for this season. The Falcons have the worst pass defense in the NFL, and the Lion’s aerial arsenal is pretty potent. RBs Adrian Peterson and D’Andre Swift will keep Atlanta honest, while Stafford shreds them with deep balls.
The Falcons have a 39.5% winning percentage ATS as home favorites since 2015, and that includes when they were truly good. Lions 33, Falcons 26
Over/Under (Zack Robinson)
Everybody knows that Matthew Stafford owns one of the strongest arms in the NFL, but the Detroit Lions were lacking a running game. Apparently not anymore, because DeAndre Swift (116 YDS, 2 TD) played well in Week 6.
Now the Lions can move the ball in various ways. If both are healthy, the WR duo of Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay can be one of the best in the league.
The Lions average 26.6 points per game and the total has gone over in seven of Detroit’s last eight games when playing on the road against Atlanta.
Atlanta won their first game in a big way after scoring 40 points against the Minnesota Vikings.
Matt Ryan went off with 371 yards and 4 touchdowns. Julio Jones revived with 8 receptions for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Falcons’ defense looked a little better, but the Lions’ offense should be a more difficult test than the Vikings offense without Dalvin Cook.
Atlanta averages 27 points per game and the total has gone over in five of their last seven games. Go over in a thriller.