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Newly anointed starter Kyle Orton will join Fred Jackson, Mario Williams, and rest of the wild, wild Buffalo Bills and travel to Ford Field on Sunday to take on the offensive juggernaut Detroit Lions who may be without star WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) and RB Joique Bell (concussion). The Bills enter week 5 online football betting with a 2–2 record, having lost two straight, while the Lions are 3–1 after the first quarter of the season.
Matchup: Buffalo Bills Vs. Detroit Lions
Date: Sunday, Oct. 5
Start Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Stadium: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, MI
TV Info: CBS
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Radio: NFL Audio Pass
NFL Point Spread: Lions –7
NFL Money Line: Lions –330, Bills +275
NFL Game Total: 43.5
Buffalo Bills vs Detroit Lions Online Football Betting Preview
Fresh from offseason retirement QB Kyle Orton will make his first start in a Buffallo Bills jersey this Sunday in place of second-year quarterback E.J. Manuel who got the hook after an especially ugly showing in the team’s week 4 loss to the Texans. Orton who is a master manager of the game will bring stability to the QB position for the Bills, but whether or not Orton can win games with the strength of his play only is still a big question.
Bills Coach Doug Marrone confirmed Monday he’s decided to start Orton, who signed Aug. 29 after being released by Dallas and contemplating retirement.
“It’s not all EJ’s fault, but we need to get better production out of that position,” Marrone said. “We’ve got to make some changes because we can’t keep going in the direction that we’re going.”
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) October 2, 2014
The fortunes of the Detroit Lions are tied to the health of star WR Megatron. Johnson played decoy the full game last week while nursing an ankle injury. After the Lions week 3 victory over the Jets, he was seen limping badly in the locker room, then did not practice Wednesday when the Lions began preparations for Buffalo. But he says he feels fine and is ahead of where he was last week.
Calvin Johnson's ankle is better, but he's still not practicing http://t.co/999Og8gWD7
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 2, 2014
Stafford, who suffered nasty turf burn on his throwing hand last week, and the Lions’ offense still put up big points last week despite the fact that their star wide receiver was clearly less than 100% and served as little more than a decoy.
The Bills team as a whole poses a tougher test than the lowly Jets and it could be another play dead day for the Lions if Johnson is still affected by that ankle injury.
Buffalo Bills vs Detroit Lions Online Football Betting Prediction
The NFL oddsmakers have the Bills as 7 point road underdogs which is surprisingly low in my opinion. Orton has shown and uncanny ability to win games without lighting up the stat sheet. On most days that might be enough, but not against the high flying Lions who have tightened things up on defense under 2nd year head coach Jim Caldwell.
“I think you have a number of guys that understand what the situation is and understand the problems they’ve had maybe previously in some situations,” Caldwell said. “You have a group of guys with enough leaders that have sort of taken that cause on themselves.”
Don’t expect Stafford and the Lions’ offense to put up 30 or 40 points this week with a banged up offense, but Detroit will still win this game comfortably because Orton will be rusty in just his second start over the previous two seasons and the Lions front 4 of Jones, Suh, Farily and Ansah won’t let him forget it.
These teams haven’t met since Johnson caught a 20-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds remaining to give Detroit a 14–12 victory at Buffalo on Nov. 14, 2010.
Online Football Betting Pick: Lions 27, Bills 13