The Detroit Lions will try to snap out of an 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS skid this Saturday Night when they host the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field.
The Lions are just 4-10 SU and 4-9-1 ATS on the season.
Atlanta is 3-1 SU and ATS in its last four games against Detroit and is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games against the Lions. The total has gone UNDER in each of the last five meetings between these two teams in Detroit.
One sportsbook has offered some unique Calvin Johnson props this week, whether he can break Jerry Rice's single-season yardage record and whether he can record an 8th straight 100+ yard game (see them below).
Those siding with the visitors in this matchup saw the Falcons listed as 3-point favorites at shops such as . Meanwhile, the over under line for the matchup was at 51 over at Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 10-rated Lions and the No. 11-rated Falcons in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 32-20 win for the Falcons on Saturday.
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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 23.6 PPG, against a Falcons defense that ranks No. 4 this week at 18.5 PPG. The Lions aerial game is averaging 302.1 yards per game, more than the Falcons secondary allows through the air, 229.5 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Falcons feature the league's No. 21-rated road run defense, allowing 126 yards per game. Detroit, meanwhile, ranks No. 26 in rushing offense at home.
The Falcons were a 34-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Giants. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites, while the total score (34) made winners of UNDER bettors. Atlanta comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Matt Ryan in defeating the Giants 34-0.
In their last action, Detroit was a 38-10 loser on the road against the Cardinals. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (48) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Detroit lost its last outing 38-10 against Arizona on Sunday, getting a 121-yard receiving performance from Calvin Johnson in a losing cause at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Atlanta Falcons Trends:
When playing in December are 6-4
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the division are 9-1
Detroit Lions Trends:
When playing in December are 6-4
When playing on turf are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing outside the division are 4-6
A few Falcons at Lions trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Atlanta is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 8 games
Detroit is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Atlanta home to Tampa Bay, Sunday, December 30
Detroit home to Chicago, Sunday, December 30