New Orleans Saints (2-3) at Detroit Lions (4-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 19, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Lions -2.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5
The New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions square off Sunday at Ford Field.
The New Orleans Saints have had a week off to get back on track after a rocky start. With a 2-3 record, the Saints biggest downfall has been their defense that’s allowing 28.2 points, 379.6 yards and has forced two turnovers and six sacks. The Saints have allowed 25 or more points in six of their last 10 regular season games. Curtis Lofton leads the Saints with 40 tackles and Junior Galette has three sacks. Offensively, Jimmy Graham, who is the Saints leading receiver with 376 yards, is doubtful for this matchup with a shoulder injury. Rookie Brandin Cooks will be targeted even more if Graham can’t go, as he’s currently second on the team with 42 targets. Drew Brees is completing 68.8 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and six interceptions, and he’s thrown four picks in his last two games. The New Orleans Sains ground game is averaging 5.2 yards per carry, and Khiry Robinson leads the way with 304 rushing yards.
The Detroit Lions have won three of their last four games and are in first place in the NFC North. The Lions defense remains the best in the league, as they’re allowing 13.7 points, 270.7 yards, and they’ve forced nine turnovers and 20 sacks. The Lions have allowed 21 or less points in eight of their last 11 games. DeAndre Levy leads the Lions with 58 tackles and George Johnson has four sacks. Offensively, the Detroit Lions have a few question marks with both Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson questionable with injuries. The good news for Detroit is that Golden Tate has caught seven or more passes in three straight games and Joique Bell leads the Lions with 226 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Matthew Stafford is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and four interceptions and has thrown only one pick in his last three games. The Lions can only hope they have all their playmakers ready to go against a subpar defense such as New Orleans.
The Saints are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lions are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf. The Saints are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Oddmakers are begging for you to put money on the New Orleans Saints, but these are the Saints from the past. New Orleans is absolutely brutal on the defensive side of the ball and hasn’t played well on the road for quite some time. Whether Bush and Johnson play or not, the Detroit Lions have more than enough on both sides to beat the Saints and cover the small number.