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Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints 12-04-16

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Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints Preview

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 4, 2016
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Saints -6. O/U: 53.5

The fans at Superdome will be treated to a game between the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints when they take their seats on Sunday.

Oddsmakers currently have the Saints listed as 6-point favorites versus the Lions, while the game’s total is sitting at 53.5.

The Saints were a 49-21 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Rams. They covered the -7.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (70) made winners of OVER bettors.

In their last action, Detroit was a 16-13 winner at home against the Vikings. They covered the -2-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (29) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

LIONS (7-4):

Detroit has survived a lackluster ground game thanks to the maturation of Matthew Stafford, who has completed 66.8 percent of his passes for 19 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Stafford has thrown scoring passes to seven different targets – including leading receiver Golden Tate, who caught two in last year’s win over the Saints. Detroit’s defense has stepped up its effort of late, allowed fewer than 300 total yards on average over the last four games and holding three straight opponents under 90 yards rushing.

Team record: 7-4 SU,7-4 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Detroit is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit’s last 5 games
Detroit is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Detroit’s last 23 games on the road
Detroit is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games when playing New Orleans
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing New Orleans
Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing New Orleans

SAINTS (5-6):

New Orleans again possesses one of the league’s most prolific offenses but hasn’t been able to consistently make stops on defense. Veteran Drew Brees leads the league in passing yards (3,587) and touchdown passes (30) and has led three game-winning drives in the fourth quarter, while Mark Ingram and Tim Hightower give the Saints a viable running game. The defense has turned it up the last two games, holding Carolina and Los Angeles under 250 total yards after failing to keep an opponent under 325 in the first nine contests.

Team record: 5-6 SU,7-3-1 ATS
New Orleans is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans’s last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New Orleans’s last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New Orleans’s last 6 games
New Orleans is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of New Orleans’s last 11 games at home
New Orleans is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Orleans’s last 5 games when playing Detroit

Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints

Free Pick: Detroit +6

Last year Detroit went into New Orleans and won 35-27. I see something similar happening here. The Lions are on a roll right now, winning and covering six of their last seven and looking to run away with the NFC North. The Saints have covered seven of their last eight, but they still shouldn’t be giving 6 points to a better team.