Point spread: New Orleans -9
Thy Detroit Lions suddenly find themselves in desperate need of a win when they square-off against the New Orleans Saints in a prime-time matchup this Sunday night at the Superdome. The game is slated to get underway at 8:20 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on NBC.
Detroit’s 27-15 loss to Green Bay on Thanksgiving as a four-point home underdog put an end to any division title hopes, so now it needs a couple of wins down the stretch to secure a wildcard spot in the playoffs. The Lions come in at 7-4 straight-up and 6-4-1 against the spread. The total has gone ‘over’ in seven of their 11 games this year.
The loss of defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh due to a league suspension aside, the Lions need a much better effort from Matthew Stafford and the passing game if they are going to have any chance to keep up with the Saints on Sunday night. Detroit is currently ranked sixth in the league in passing yards per game.
New Orleans appears to be primed for a deep run in this year’s playoffs with three straight wins including a 49-24 romp over the Giants this past Monday night as a seven-point home favorite. The Saints have a one-game lead over Atlanta in the NFC South at 8-3 SU (7-4 ATS) and the total has gone 6-5 in its 11 games.
Drew Brees continues his assault of several single-season passing records with 3,689 yards and 27 touchdown throws for an overall passer rating of 103.6. The offense has a whole is ranked first in the NFL in total yards per game and second in scoring with a average of 32.9 points a game.
Detroit is 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven road games, but just 1-4 ATS in its last five games against the NFC. The total has gone ‘over’ in eight of its last 11 games following a SU loss.
New Orleans is 5-0 both SU and ATS at home this season. The total has gone ‘over’ in 27 of its last 38 games following an ATS win.
The last time these two teams met was in 2009 with the Saints rolling to 45-27 victory as 14-point home favorites with the total easily going ‘over’ the 50-point line. With no running game to speak of, the Lions do not have enough horses to keep up in this race as Brees and Co. put on another aerial show for the home-town crowd.
The Pick: New Orleans 35 Detroit 23
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