Betting On Chargers Lions – Chargers Look To Continue December Hot Streak In Unlikely Showdown
Easily one of the most intriguing sports betting contests heading in to the second-last week of the NFL season has to be the showdown between two unlikely combatants, as the San Diego Chargers make a rare trip to the Motor City to play the Detroit Lions with everything on the line for both teams. The Lions practically saved their season by scoring 14 unanswered points in the final five minutes in regulation of a 28-27 win over the Oakland Raiders, and by the same token helping out the Chargers’ playoff hopes, after San Diego registered a third straight win.
San Diego Chargers @ Detroit LionsSaturday December 24, 2011 – 4:05 PM ET
Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
NFL Betting Lines: Detroit Lions – 1.5
Over the past couple of seasons, the Chargers have owned the NFL in the month of December, with quarterback Phillip Rivers among the biggest reasons why. Rivers and San Diego will have to finish their season with consecutive road games, beginning in a tough atmosphere at Detroit as sports betting underdogs.
Betting On Chargers Lions Preview: San Diego Chargers
With the league’s sixth-ranked passing attack spearheading an offense that is finally getting healthy, the Chargers have scored at least 34 points in three straight wins to climb back to .500 and in to contention in the AFC West. While the offense will get all of the credit, the defense has done an excellent job of generating pressure up front and disrupting the timing of opposing offenses, while even contributing some turnovers. San Diego may be the most dangerous team that nobody has been talking about, and with their recent history in the month of December, they should not be underestimated.
Betting On Chargers Lions Preview: Detroit Lions
Regardless of what happened to the Lions in the first three quarters of their win over the Raiders, they have to be feeling confident after finishing with 14 unanswered to complete the comeback win. Quarterback Matt Stafford was at the center of the comeback with two touchdown passes to close it out, and Detroit will need another special performance from him as he goes opposite of Rivers. The Lions’ pass rush has the potential to be one of the best in the game, but it will be up to players such as defensive tackle Ndamakong Suh to play to another level when it matters the most. Detroit has a game at the Green Bay Packers to close out the season, which makes this contest that much more important.
Betting On Chargers Lions Preview: Outlook & Pick
The Lions are listed as the sportsbook favorites for this game, but so were the Ravens last week and the Chargers beat them by 20. San Diego has been dominant in the month of December since Rivers took over as their starter, and that will continue this weekend as San Diego fights to keep its slim playoff hopes alive at Ford Field.Betting On Chargers Lions Pick: San Diego Chargers