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Detroit Lions vs. Buffalo Bills - 8/23/19 NFL Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions
Date & Time Friday August 23, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
The Line
Detroit Lions -1 O/U: 42
TV Channel
CBS
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The Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions will match up on the NFL circuit Friday for Week 3 preseason activity.

Buffalo is coming off a 6-10 campaign in the 2018 season. The Bills finished in third place in the AFC East and failed to repeat an appearance playoffs amid the departures of some key players.

So far this preseason, the Bills are 2-0 and scoring pretty well. Buffalo opened things up with a 24-16 win over the Colts, then took out the Panthers last week with a 27-14 victory.

Over on the Lions’ side, they had myriad ups and downs in 2018, ultimately finishing at 6-10 in the basement of the NFC North. It was their first losing season since 2015.

Detroit has opened things up with a pair of losses so far this preseason, mustering only a field goal in a 31-3 loss to the Patriots. The Lions got a lot closer against the Texans last week but still fell 30-23.

The Bills are 4-1 ATS in their last five on turf and the under is 6-1 in their last five home games. The under is also 4-1 in the Bills’ last five games on turf and 6-0 in the last six meetings between these teams.

Meanwhile, the Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six on fieldturf. The under is 5-0 in Detroit’s last five home games and 7-0 in their last seven overall.

Before Buffalo can even think about unseating the Patriots juggernaut in the AFC East, they’ve got to get past the Dolphins and Jets in those key divisional games. That’s no guarantee either, but it’ll be the first step in a multi-year rebuilding process.

As for the Lions, they’ve got a pretty well-rounded division to contend with as well. That’ll start with new offensive coordinator Darrel Bevell and the vets putting some points on the board. I think we’ll begin to see Detroit open things up a little bit here so I’m leaning that way on a cover.

Pick:
Detroit Lions -1

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