Let’s just call it a Kansas City Chiefs hangover and move on, m’kay?
That seems like the best course of action for Lions fans after a disappointing 37-31 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week. (Quick editorial rant: It’s time to change these overtime rules. Both teams deserve at least one offensive possession. Rant over.)
“We’ll get a little humble pie here,” coach Dan Campbell said of the loss, though he did note the team got “unlucky” with the way overtime works.
But, and as with everything in life, onward and upward, and the Lions get to remain home for their Week 3 tilt against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Lions are -167 favorites on the moneyline at BetRivers, and the sportsbooks are just this side of sure when it comes to the Lions, installing them as 3.5-point favorites at -105 at BetRivers, Barstool, and PointsBet.
The books also think the Falcons offense will keep up with the Lions, pegging the total at 46.5. The over at -110 can be found at FanDuel and most others, while the under is -108 at DraftKings.
Something worth noting on the total: The Falcons want to slow the game down — and they have been successful thus far, limiting teams to 59.5 plays per game this year, good for ninth overall. And the Falcons are running 63 plays per game themselves, good for 17th. The Lions, somewhat surprisingly, aren’t exactly speed demons to this point in the season themselves, running 67 plays per game (ninth in the league) and giving up 64.5 (16th).
And — somewhat surprisingly — the Lions are doing their honest best to keep the ball on the ground.
All told, while this game features plenty of skill position stars, there is a scenario where play volume gets tamped down — along with touchdowns.
Speaking of touchdowns — and with David Montgomery almost sure to be out — Craig Reynolds at +220 at DraftKings to score an anytime touchdown doesn’t seem like the worst bet on the slate.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, who is battling a toe injury, is at +110 to do the same, which seems like a terrible price, as St. Brown is many things, but a touchdown-a-game scorer is not one of them.
Interestingly, Josh Reynolds, who scored twice last week, is +250 to score at Barstool.
Due to St. Brown’s toe issue, receiving yardage props for Lions players have yet to be posted anywhere, but Jared Goff’s passing yards prop is a healthy 271.5, with DraftKings having the best price on the over at -105.
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