New Orleans Saints Vs Detroit Lions Online Football OddsJosh Bailey
The New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions both got wins in their respective last games, but both teams enter this Week 7 affair looking for the consistency that has eluded them since the start of the season. The online football odds have the home team Lions as 2.5 point favorites over the Saints.
New Orleans at Detroit
When: Sun, Oct. 19
Where: Ford Field
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Detroit -2.5
Preview: Detroit (4-2 SU, 4-2 ATS) bounced back from its surprising 17-14 Week 5 home loss against Buffalo to soundly beat Minnesota 17-3 on Sunday and cash in as a 1-point road underdog.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 16, 2014
New Orleans (2-3 SU, 1-4 ATS) was extended to overtime in Week 5 but managed to squeak past the NFC South division rival Tampa Bay 37-31 in their Week 5 matchup on October 5. The Saints failed to cover the NFL betting line in that game as an 11-point home favorite to fall to 0-2 ATS over their last two games.
Saints head coach Sean Payton realizes the Lions have one of the best defensive lines in the game today.
"I think the challenge with Detroit is they’re able to get that rush with four guys and now play coverage and that can distort your timing in the throws," Payton said. "It’s one thing and Drew is pretty good about pressure, ball coming out, and generally that means you’re getting some type of single-safety defense. It’s when you’re getting hurries in a two-deep shell that becomes problematic."
The Lions say they know they’ll have to get pressure on Saints quarterback Drew Brees if they want to win this contest.
"I think you just understand that sacks, like penalties, for an offense, they’re negative plays or drive killers," Brees said during a conference call with Detroit media. "So, at all costs, I try to avoid them."
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) October 16, 2014
It’s no secret that New Orleans Saints are in the midst of a Jekyll/Hyde season as they’ve struggled to move the ball and score far more than they normally do, but in the now infamous words of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, I say “r-e-l-a-x” as the Saints still have outstanding quarterback Drew Brees leading the way.
I know Detroit has a boatload of talent, but they can still be a pretty immature team at times – and this game represents one of those occasions for me.
The Saints are just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games but Detroit is 3-6 ATS in its last nine home games. I say forget the trends both of these teams are bringing to the table in this one.
With New Orleans playing in the comfort of a domed stadium – and entering total desperation mode as the midway point of the 2014 NFL regular season approaches – I like the Saints to get the outright road win against a Lions team that is just 3-6 ATS in its last nine home games.
My Pick: New Orleans +3 Points