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Sunday Night Pick: Saints vs Lions

The Lions have roared in December and the Saints continue to dominate at home. One of those trends comes crashing down Sunday night in NFL wagering action.

New Orleans has a short week after clobbering the Giants on MNF and the Saints are now 8-1 SU and ATS in their past 9 home games.

Can the Lions recover and get back into Wild Card contention? One sportsbook opened the Lions as 9-point road dogs early Tuesday (watch the Lions vs Saints line moves during the week at Odds Shark).

Of note, the OVER is 7-0-1 past 8 Detroit road games. The Lions are also 9-2-1 ATS past 12 December games. The best Saints line was at 5Dimes while the best Lions line of +9 was at Bovada, which just launched its industry-leading and feature-rich poker room which will revolutionize the game.

View Detroit vs New Orleans Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're siding with the visitors in this one you'll find the Lions listed as 8.5-point underdogs. Meanwhile, the over under line for the matchup was at 53.5.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 2-ranked offense (32.9 PPG) against a Lions defense that ranks No. 18 at 22.4 PPG. The Saints passing attack has averaged 324.2 yards per game, more than the Lions give up through the air (202.2 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Lions feature the league's No. 20-rated road run defense, allowing 121 yards per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, ranks No. 1 in rushing offense at home.

Detroit lost its last outing, a 27-15 result against the Packers on November 24. The Lions failed to cover in that game as a 4-point underdog, while the 42 combined points took the game UNDER the total. In their last game, the Lions were Week 12 losers coming out on the wrong end of 27-15 score against Green Bay.

Last time out for New Orleans, they were a 49-24 winner as they battled the Giants at home. The Saints covered in the match as a 7-point favorite, while 73 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. In their last game, the Saints got 4 passing scores out of Drew Brees en route to a 49-24 win over the Giants on Monday at Louisiana Superdome.

Detroit Lions Trends:
When playing in December are 3-7
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the division are 7-3

New Orleans Saints Trends:
When playing in December are 6-4
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the division are 6-4

A few Lions at Saints trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games on the road
Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Detroit is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 11 games when playing New Orleans
New Orleans is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Orleans's last 11 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans's last 6 games when playing at home against Detroit

Next up:
Detroit home to Minnesota, Sunday, December 11
New Orleans at Tennessee, Sunday, December 11

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