After another stunning defeat, can Lions hang in with Green Bay this weekend?
After one week of the new NFL season, some Detroit Lions fans are ready to boot them from their life much like Cardi B just did with Offset.
But fret not, this marriage between you and the Lions is for life; no matter how bleak it may look right now, it will, at some point, turn around for the better.
I guess the main question is, when will that be?
After Detroit blew another big fourth quarter lead (how many is that in the last year?) Sunday in a 27-23 loss to the Chicago Bears, fans, and bettors, must be kicking themselves after what looked certain to be a win with 15 minutes to go in the game.
For bettors in Michigan, bad beats like that are tough to take, although the cash out option online mitigates some of that. Very soon, Michigan gamblers will be able to take advantage of that option, something that Illinois and Indiana residents can already do.
The schedule does not get any easier for the Lions, as they now have to travel to Green Bay (Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT) and take on a Packers team that comes in off a 43-34 victory over the Vikings, and can jump out to a two-game lead over Detroit and possibly Minnesota (if it loses on the road at Indianapolis).
But the good thing about betting is, you don’t just have to wager on the point spread or money line. Most books have the Lions as a six-point underdog (-110), but one look at the box scores from last weekend might see you immediately hone in on the over/under, which is set at 49.5
The first half over/under is 24 (+100 for the over, -120 for the under), which might also look like a tantalizing play. The Packers had 522 yards of total offense last weekend, including 364 yards and four TDs from Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay put up 22 points alone in the first half last weekend.
The Lions were also good in the first half last Sunday, as they took a 13-6 advantage into the break. Detroit’s defense did not allow a touchdown until the fourth quarter when they allowed three from Mitch Trubisky. Of course, there is always money to be made in the second half as well, but most of those lines are posted in-play, after the first half plays out on the field.
There were some goofy results on the first weekend back, which may or may not have to do with the fact there were no preseason games. Philadelphia jumped out early then fell apart against Washington, the Jaguars beat Indianapolis, and the Cardinals beat the 49ers, although that win may not look like much of an upset at the end of the season.
I love Arizona this weekend at -6.5 against Washington (4:05 p.m. EDT), and the first half spread of -3.5 looks good as well. Kyler Murray is the real deal and could continue the recent trend of second-year quarterbacks taking home MVP honors (Patrick Mahomes 2018, Lamar Jackson 2019).