The Detroit Lions are one of the premier teams in the NFL this year. They are strong on both sides of the ball and only have one loss on the season. That loss came last week to the 49ers, as the Lions were not able to stay undefeated.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Charles Johnson have become one of the deadliest combinations in the game, but if they are not careful they will lose again this week to the Atlanta Falcons.
The Atlanta Falcons are led by Matt Ryan at quarterback and have plenty of offensive weapons to keep up with the Lions. They are also eager to string a few wins together and get back in the race for their division. The Falcons are not slouches on defense either and with the birds familiar with a dome and the speed to back it up, this game will be close.
The Lions are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0 and that shows that they struggle to cover the big number, which is an indication this game will be close.
The Falcons are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games as a road underdog of 3.5-10.0, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record, and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 7.
The Falcons have the skills to keep this game close and win it outright on the field. The Lions could still be struggling from the hangover after their first loss and it will hurt them on the field.
The Atlanta Falcons will upset Detroit as the upset of the week in the NFL.