Detroit Lions (3-2) at New Orleans Saints (2-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: New Orleans Saints -4.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints square off in week 6 NFL action from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday afternoon.
The Detroit Lions will try to find some consistency heading into their bye week, after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including a 27-24 loss to Carolina in their last outing. Matt Stafford completed 23 of his 35 pass attempts for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ameer Abdullah led the Detroit ground attack with 10 carries for 31 yards, while Zach Zenner added 11 yards and a touchdown on 3 carries. Marvin Jones Jr. led the team with 6 catches for 54 yards, while Golden Tate hauled in 5 passes for 48 yards and Theo Riddick caught 4 passes for 45 yards. Darren Fells also caught both touchdown passes for Detroit in the loss. Defensively, the Lions combined for a pair of sacks while allowing 362 yards of total offense to Carolina, including 334 yards through the air while being dominated in the time of possession battle, holding onto the ball for just over 24 minutes in the loss.
The New Orleans Saints come into this one fresh off of their bye week, but in their previous outing, they climbed back to .500 at 2-2 with a 20-0 victory over Miami in London, England. Drew Brees threw for 268 yards and 2 touchdowns on 29 of 41 passing, while Mark Ingram led the Saints’ ground attack with 14 carries for 45 yards. Michael Thomas led New Orleans with 89 yards and a touchdown on 8 receptions, while Alvin Kamara caught a team-high 10 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the Saints combined for 4 sacks, an interception and a pair of forced fumbles in the win, all while allowing just 186 yards of total offense and holding the ball for over 34 minutes in dominating the time of possession battle.
Detroit is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 week 6 matchups while the under is 22-7 in their last 29 road games. New Orleans is 21-5 ATS in their last 26 home games against a team with a winning road record and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a bye week while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Detroit is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
The pattern for the Lions would probably indicate that this is a game they should win, however I can’t see it happening. New Orleans plays up to the competition at home, and have the advantage of an extra week of rest coming into this one. The early bye week may hurt the Saints down the road, but for right now, I’ll take the fresher team in New Orleans and lay the points.