Following one of the toughest losses in my NFL betting career on Thursday night, we’ll look to bounceback on Sunday of Week 3 with a full slate of intriguing games for us.
The Rams -2.5 was all but locked up, but a comedy of errors and a slew of sloppy play from Los Angeles cost us the point-spread victory. Though my fantasy team soared with Todd Gurley racking up three TD’s it was no consolation to the bankroll as we begin the week 0-1, following that collapse.
On Sunday we will shift our focus to a game that might contend with that 41-39 Thursday night shootout as we look at the Falcons and Lions all-NFC showdown from the Motor City. The Lions have turned some heads so far, especially after dismantling the New York Giants on the road in Week 2 on Monday Night Football. Matt Stafford looks poised for a big season, but he’ll get a stiffer test from the Falcons. It’s a tale of two 2-0 teams in a battle of unbeatens. Read on below for full game analysis, and a betting prediction to kick off the Sunday action of Week 3.
Falcons vs. Lions Betting Odds:
Atlanta Falcons -3 (+100)
@ Detroit Lions +3 (-120)
Over 51 (-110)
Under 51 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Falcons vs. Lions Pick:
The Atlanta Falcons are an offensive dynamo, but today’s match-up may be a tad tougher on quarterback Matt Ryan to move the chains. This is because Atlanta is likely going to be without right tackle Ryan Schraeder with a concussion. Schraeder is imperative in protection Ryan and keeping him upright, but without the O-lineman, expect the Lions to be able to generate a bunch of pressure and disrupt Ryan in the pocket. This should give Anthony Zettel an easy match-up on Sunday, and combine that with the presence of Ziggy Ansah – the Lions will be bringing the heat against the Falcons.
The point should also be made that Atlanta has simply feasted on poor opposition and pathetic defenses. Green Bay and Chicago offered nothing and simply had no answer for Julio Jones. Detroit’s stop unit is much improved and has Darius Slay at the cornerback position. He will provide a stiff test for Julio Jones and while he won’t be able to fully stop the lengthy receiver – he will be able to limit his dominance. Expect the Lions’ defense to keep the Falcons in check for the first time this season.
On the other side of the ball, the Lions’ offensive line should be able to handle a depleted Falcons’ defensive line. Atlanta will be without Vic Beasley and as a result Matthew Stafford should have a fair amount of time and space to pick the Falcons’ secondary apart. Atlanta has some solid pieces within their defensive backfield, though Detroit has depth at many receiver positions and look for a guy like Kenny Golladay to have a big day as a result. Ty Montgomery did very well on Sunday night against Atlanta – especially as a receiver out of the backfield. There’s no reason the Lions cannot and will not use Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick in the same manner. Detroit has a ton of weapons that should give Atlanta fits on Sunday afternoon.
The Lions are making their presence known and they seem like a legitimate threat for the NFC North crown and to battle for the Super Bowl. At home, this spread is off and the Lions should be able to take full advantage of Atlanta’s absences and come out victorious. Play the Lions getting the points, but don’t be surprised if they pull off the upset in front of their rabid home fans either.
PICK = Lions +3 (-120)