While they are just 2-6 straight up, they are a very profitable 7-1 against the NFL betting odds. The Lions got another win against the number on Sunday as they lost by just three to the New York Jets.
Check the Status of Matthew Stafford
The Lions have been a great team against the spread but if starting quarterback Matthew Stafford is out you may want to go against the Lions. When Stafford was out with an injury earlier this season the Lions got great play out of backup Shaun Hill. He is out for the year though with an injury so if Stafford is hurt it will be Drew Stanton at quarterback. You may not want to bet on the Lions with Stanton running the show. It should also be noted that Detroit kicker Jason Hanson was also hurt in the loss to the Jets.
Will the Tide Turn?
The question to answer is whether or not the tide will start to turn against the Lions. Rarely does a team continue to have success week after week against the NFL betting odds. Detroit has an exciting offense with Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best and a young defense that loves to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. If Stafford is out the team may regress and take a step back. Before you make your next bet on the Lions check his status.
The Lions are in Buffalo this week to face a winless Buffalo team. It could be a very tough game for the Lions as the Bills are still playing hard and way overdue for a win. The following week the Lions are in Dallas before they host the Patriots on Thanksgiving Day. On paper none of the next three games are impossible but keeping the success going against the NFL odds may not be easy. Remember that this is still a Detroit team that is 24th in the NFL in yards allowed and in points allowed this season. And if Stafford is out with an injury you can’t like the Lions offense nearly as much as you did in the past.