Lions Raiders Betting – Lions, Raiders Meet In Crucial Inter-Conference Showdown
The Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders are two franchises with passionate fans that are desperate to see their team’s return to the postseason, but as the two prepare to match up this weekend on the west coast, the reality is that a loss could mean missing out on that goal for either team. At 8-5, the Lions are in position to clinch an NFC Wild Card spot, with a one game lead over the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. The Raiders face a similar road at 7-6 in the AFC West, where they trail the Denver Broncos by one game in the division race, and are one back of the New York Jets for the final Wild Card spot.
Detroit Lions @ Oakland RaidersSunday December 18, 2011 – 4:15 PM ET
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
NFL Betting Lines: Detroit Lions – 1
Last weekend’s win over the Minnesota Vikings was crucial for Detroit, who now welcome back defensive tackle Ndamakong Suh to their lineup. Oakland loves to pound the rock on the ground to help open up lanes in the passing game, so the return of Suh to the middle of the Lions’ line should be a huge addition as they enter this game as sports betting favorites.
Lions Raiders Betting Preview: Detroit Lions
A string of three losses in four games has prevented Detroit from securing a Wild Card spot in the NFC, and it won’t be easy the remainder of the way with consecutive games against AFC West opponents in the Raiders and San Diego Chargers before potentially standing in the way of perfection in their season finale against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Lions will rely on their explosive offense once again this week as quarterback Matt Stafford turns to Calvin Johnson every chance that he gets, but a win could come down to a defense that ranks 27th against the run this year.
Lions Raiders Betting Preview: Oakland Raiders
Consecutive losses to the Miami Dolphins and Packers have left the Raiders on the ropes in the AFC, but with two of their final three games at home they are holding out hope they can get the job done. Head coach Hue Jackson will throw out the stats from last week and attempt to get his team refocused after being blown away by Green Bay, and it will have to start with the running game. Oakland has had the most success when it has relied on its rushing attack, and the ability to cut down on the penalties that have plagued this team in recent weeks will be another crucial factor. Quarterback Carson Palmer threw four interceptions against the Packers, and although that was a different defense, there is no denying that he simply has to make better decisions with the football.
Lions Raiders Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
The sportsbooks have the spread for this game listed at one, and that is truly a testament to how evenly matched these teams are, and how crucial a win will be for both of them. While the Lions should benefit from the return of Suh, they are still traveling to the west coast where they will face a tough rushing offense, something they have struggled against all year.Lions Raiders Betting Pick: Oakland Raiders