Detroit, Baltimore Offer Shaky Odds To Win Their Divisions

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson aka Megatron

Detroit, Baltimore Offer Shaky Odds To Win Their Divisions

The NFC North leading Detroit Lions have the strongest odds to win the division at -200. Trialing them are the Chicago Bears at +200 and the Green Bay Packers well behind the pace at +650. Even more surprising? Detroit owns the tie breaker with the strongest record within the muddled (and sad) NFC North. However, they share the same record as Chicago and are just one game ahead of the Packers. Tie breakers might not end up mattering to any of these clubs.

What’s mattered to gamblers is Detroit’s gut wrenching 2-5 ATS record in their last 7 games. They may have the best odds to win the division, but they barely have any legs to stand on. Making matters worse is their nauseating 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS record when playing on their own field. The Lions have been a constant stay away play for the last two months overall.

Baltimore Ravens (7-6) vs. Detroit Lions (7-6)
The Baltimore Ravens are 6 point underdogs facing the Detriot Lions on Monday Night Football.
Starts: 12/16/2013 8:30PM
Ford Field, 2000 Brush St.
Detroit, Michigan

 

It’s frustrating because Detroit just seems like it’s been in the dumps forever. And they have so many sexy pieces that make them appealing on a certain level. Megatron is clearly the best receiver in the league, and Matthew Stafford has a very promising future. But their tight ends are a joke and the running game is a mess with Reggie Bush injured and out of action. Detroit has Pro Bowl talent at quarterback and receiver but everyone else on offence is forgettable at best (except for maybe Bush).

The same goes for their defense, which has great building blocks in Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and rookie Ezekiel Ansah. Luis Delma and Rashean Mathis are also great secondary studs. However, everyone else on the defense would barely crack a roster anywhere else in the NFL, let alone a starting spot. If you want to know why you shouldn’t bet on Detroit’s odds to win the division, it’s because their stars are surrounded by black holes. Hell, even their punter can’t kick the damn ball properly.

BONUS WEEK 15 NFL BETTING PICKS

Date
Away
Home
Pick
Sun, Dec 15-2013
Chicago
Cleveland
CHI +2
Sun, Dec 15-2013
San Francisco
Tampa Bay
SF -5.5
Sun, Dec 15-2013
Philadelphia
Minnesota
PHI -4.5
Sun, Dec 15-2013
Tennessee
Arizona
TEN +2.5
Sun, Dec 15-2013
Kansas City
Oakland
KC -4
Sun, Dec 15-2013
New Orleans
St. Louis
STL +5.5
Sun, Dec 15-2013
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
PIT +2.5

Baltimore has an extremely rough road to claim the AFC North title, as they host New England next week in a huge vengeance game and then visit the Bengals in Week 17 who seem unbeatable at home. All the Ravens can hope for right now is a loss by the Bengals, and a win on Monday Night Football against Detroit. And I think they can nail that second part down firmly.

I know that the Ravens have been a tumultuous bet, and that they’re just 3-5 ATS in their last 8 games, but they’re also riding a three game winning streak and are 4-1 SU overall in their last 5 games. They haven’t survived the departure of Anquan Boldin, but that’s also because they haven’t had Dennis Pitta back until a few days ago. After watching LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles shred the Lions last weekend, I’m all over Joe Flacco and Ray Rice to do the same with a more stable passing game. And if they gain a head full of steam on Monday Night Football, their odds to win the division will be even more enticing.

Monday Night Football Betting Pick – Baltimore +6.0 (OVER)