It wasn’t the way the Detroit Lions wanted to enter their bye, and suddenly they look like an average team. The Lions will stew over their 52-38 loss to the Saints while trying to figure out how to rectify the problems that let that game slip away so quickly. The off-week comes at a good time for a club that is beat up. Matthew Stafford played despite a leg injury and was sacked five times. He also turned the ball over five times. The offensive line was without two starters, leading receiver Golden Tate was lost with a shoulder injury and Glover Quin was concussed.
Still, the Lions stormed back from a 35-point deficit and pulled within a touchdown, nearly completing the biggest comeback in NFL history. But it ended up as their second straight loss and leaves them at 3-3 entering the bye week. Players will use the down time to get healthy, the offense will work on ways to become more efficient and the defense must figure out a way to stop opponents. The NFC North is fair game now that the Packers are without their leader and the Lions are in the thick of the race.
2017 Record: 3-3
2017 ATS Record: 3-3
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 4-2
Current Super Bowl Odds: +3300
Current Odds to Win NFC: +1600
Current Odds to Win NFC North: +350
Current NFL Odds: None
Over/Under Total: None
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Week 6: Saints 52, Lions 38
ATS Result: Saints -6
Over/Under Total Result: Over 50.5
The Lions scored 28 straight points over the third and fourth quarters, yet they still trailed by seven after the spurt. Stafford committed five turnovers and the Saints scored on three of them, putting the Lions in a hole that even their huge run couldn’t get them out of. Trailing 45-10, Stafford tossed a pair of touchdowns, Jamal Agnew scored on a punt return and A’Shawn Robinson on a short interception to get Detroit within seven. But a final Saints defensive score sent the Lions to their second straight ATS loss.
Week 5: Panthers 27, Lions 24
ATS Result: Panthers +2
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42
There was a fourth-quarter comeback, just not enough to get the Lions a victory or a cover on the 2-point spread. Stafford struggled most of the day with shoddy protection and little help from the run game, but he tossed a pair of touchdowns in the final stanza to cash the over. After getting within three points with left, the Lions couldn’t get the ball back and Cam Newton ran out the clock.
Week 4: Lions 14, Vikings 7
ATS Result: Lions +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 43
The Lions didn’t need Stafford to go off or another fourth quarter comeback. They won this one the old-fashioned way: with stellar defense, turnovers and timely offensive production. The result was a score that played below the total, but more importantly for the Lions is they picked up a division road win and made their backers proud by winning outright as a 2.5-point dog.
Week 3: Falcons 30, Lions 26
ATS Result: Falcons -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 55
Football is a game of inches and the Lions ended up a few short of a big win. Prater’s 57-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter cashed the over, but it left the Lions four points down. No problem for a team that’s thrived in this situation. But the apparent game-winning touchdown pass was overturned and the Lions fell short of covering the 3-point spread for their first ATS loss of the year.
Week 2: Lions 24, Giants 10
ATS Result: Lions +3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 42
For a change the Lions never trailed and easily covered the 3-point spread to improve to 2-0 ATS. The offense was efficient, the defense was aided by five sacks and special teams were scintillating. It was an all-around effort worthy of a contending team.
Week 1: Lions 35, Cardinals 23
ATS Result: Lions +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48.5
The Lions kept attacking and never gave up, which allowed them to overcome an early 10-0 deficit to post the victory. Trailing 17-15 in the fourth quarter, Detroit scored three straight touchdowns to seize control of the game. After winning eight times last season when trailing in the final quarter, the Lions did it again. Behind Stafford they have a confidence that they are never out of it, and they aren’t.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 2-2
Over/Under Total Record: 2-2
The Lions overcame a 1-3 start last season and were in the drivers seat for a NFC North title until the wheels came off at the end. Needing a victory in one of their remaining three games, they failed to achieve it and lost out to the Packers. Still, the Lions qualified as a Wild Card but they were overmatched in a loss to the Seahawks. Though the season ended poorly, it should be considered a success and the Lions are looking to build off that for another playoff run.
Week 1: Lions vs. Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: Lions at Giants, Monday, Sept. 18, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 3: Lions vs. Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Lions at Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Lions vs. Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 6: Lions at Saints, Sunday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Bye Week
Week 8: Lions vs. Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 29, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 9: Lions at Packers, Monday, Nov. 6, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 10: Lions vs. Browns, Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 11: Lions at Bears, Sunday, Nov. 19, 1:00 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 12: Lions vs. Vikings, Thursday, Nov. 23, 12:30 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 13: Lions at Ravens, Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 14: Lions at Buccaneers, Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 15: Lions vs. Bears, Saturday, Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m. ET – NFL Network
Week 16: Lions at Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 24, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 17: Lions vs. Packers, Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
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