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Betting On Lions Saints – Lions Fall In New Orleans For Second Time This Season

Posted by Stan Simmons on 1/3/2012 5:45:48 PM
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Sports betting players may be gearing up for a shootout on Saturday night in New Orleans as two of the top offenses in the league square off for the second time in just over a month. However, the first meeting displayed the gulf in maturity between the two teams and the second shouldn’t be much different as the Saints will cruise to victory.

What: NFL Betting
When: Saturday, January 7th, 8:00 PM ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Pick: New Orleans Saints -10.5

Why Bet On Detroit Lions (10-6 SU, 7-8-1 ATS)

The Lions are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1999 thanks to an offense that can compete with anyone in the league, powered by the duo of quarterback Matt Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson, who led the NFL in yards and was second in receiving touchdowns. Detroit isn’t a team that is going to run much and they don’t really pretend to; they know the aerial game is their bread-and-butter, but you also have to wonder how good they would be if they had a back to keep the defenses honest. The defense took a step back after a strong start, finishing 23rd in total defense, and they were marred by discipline problems all season; everyone remembers the stomp by tackle Ndamokung Suh in the Thanksgiving loss to Green Bay, and only Oakland and Seattle drew more penalties than the Lions, which will have to be something that head coach Jim Schwartz looks at, although some NFL betting players say their team gets their attitude from their coach.

Safety Louis Delmas (knee) is working hard to get back in the lineup and the Lions need him as their pass defense has suffered since he was hurt on Thanksgiving. Running back Kevin Smith (ankle) would help the Lions keep their opposition honest, but he is never healthy and could go out at any time. It is definitely a coup for the Lions to get back to the playoffs, but they still have some holes on both sides of the ball. However, when Stafford and Johnson are on the field, the Lions always have a chance.

Why Bet On New Orleans Saints (13-3 SU,12-4 ATS)

The Saints rolled to the NFC South crown on the strength of quarterback Drew Brees, who shattered Dan Marino’s single-season record for passing yards on a New Orleans offense that was second only to Green Bay in terms of points scored. Brees has deep stable of receivers led by Marques Colston, but young tight end Jimmy Graham burst onto the scene and almost broke the record for most yards by a tight end. The Saints are also sixth in the league in rushing, so they can keep you off balance and they also have Darren Sproles, who set the NFL record for all-purpose yardage. The Saints are 24th in the league defensively, but they got their act together down the stretch and gave up 20 points in their last five games. That is a major accomplishment and really, it’s all you need to do when you have Brees leading your offense. He has made the MVP race competitive after Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers was running away with it early in the season; now, you would find a large contingent of fans and NFL betting players alike that would say Brees is the MVP.

Rookie back Mark Ingram (toe) is out for the season, but receiver Lance Moore (hamstring) should be able to suit up for the Saints, who should also get linebacker Jonathan Vilma (knee) back as well. The Saints have won their last eight games and are brilliant at home (more on that in a minute) and their offense has put up at least 42 points in three straight games to wrap up the season. If you don’t get pressure to Brees, you have virtually no chance to beat the Saints. 

How It Will Play Out

NFL betting lines for this contest have the Saints as a whopping 10.5-point favorite at home, where they were a perfect 8-0 ATS this season, while the Lions are 3-4-1 ATS on the road. New Orleans will also have their guard up after they were upset in Seattle last season as part of the largest playoff upset in history, and they’ll aim to charge out of the gate on Saturday night.

The Saints also defeated the Lions 31-17 in New Orleans in Week 13 as Brees threw for 342 yards and three scores, although Stafford didn’t back down with 408 yards and a score (he was also picked off). The Lions were missing Suh, who was suspended for his stomp against the Packers, and he not only has to power the Detroit pass rush, he has to be avoid awful flags; without him against the Saints, the Lions still committed 11 penalties. In the end, the Saints have too many weapons and at home, they’re simply too good; the Saints don’t beat themselves, and the Lions would do well to learn from them for next season. Take New Orleans to cover the online betting spread.

Lions Saints Betting Pick: New Orleans Saints

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