NFL Betting - Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons

NFL betting for Week 1 of the 2008 regular season includes the first regular season start for Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan.

The first round draft choice for the Falcons will get to open the season at home against the Detroit Lions. Detroit is the football betting favorite in NFL odds Week 1 numbers. The Lions are a three point NFL betting favorite with a total of 41.5.

NFL betting numbers have six road teams favored in Week 1 and that is unusual. Home teams are usually favored in NFL betting odds but nearly half of the games in Week 1 have the road team laying points. Detroit finished the 2007 season at 7-9 straight up and 6-9-1 against the NFL betting pointspread. Quarterback Jon Kitna said the Lions would win 10 games last season but that did not happen. He is saying the same thing again this year.

Detroit has a new offensive coordinator now that Mike Martz has moved on to San Francisco. That could mean the Lions try and run the ball more this season with Tatum Bell and rookie Kevin Smith. There is no question Detroit will throw the ball according to NFL betting experts considering they have the talented tandem of Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson at receiver. The problem for Detroit last year was the defense. They ranked last in the league according to NFL betting stats.

Atlanta was a mess last season, going 4-12 straight up and 8-8 versus the NFL betting pointspread. Atlanta had a weak offense that was 23rd in the league and a bad defense that ranked 29th according to NFL betting stats. Matt Ryan will be expected to upgrade the offense and he should get some help with new running back Michael Turner who the Falcons got from San Diego.

NFL betting numbers show that the Lions were 2-6 versus the football betting number on the road last season. The Falcons were 2-5 against the NFL betting number as a home dog last year. In the last seven years the two teams have met four times and split the games according to NFL betting numbers. At Atlanta the teams have split their two meetings according to football betting numbers. The last time they played in the regular season the Lions won 17-10 according to football betting history.

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