New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions Pick – NFL Week 4

After a brief COVID-19 scare, the Saints and Lions game will go ahead as initially planned Sunday afternoon during the early wave of games.

If you weren’t following along, Saints fullback Michael Burton reportedly received a ‘false positive’ Saturday before the game, sending betting shops to take this game down front the board, and causing many players to get re-tested. In the end, thankfully there are no illnesses to report, and the NFL protocols seem to be working for now.

Onto game action, where the Saints didn’t look all that great last time out, and enter Week 4 with a surprising 1-2 record. This was the team that was supposed to cruise in the competitive NFC South, though with injuries and Drew Brees’ age, coach Sean Payton might have his work cut out for him this season.

For the Lions, they seem to be headed in a different direction compared to their opponents in Week 4. They’ve finally gotten mostly healthy, and with added protection for Matthew Stafford, and his key weapon back in Kenny Golladay, Detroit seems to be a lot more dynamic on offense. Whether or not that can continue against an improved Saints’ defensive group remains to be seen. Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for more insight and betting analysis on this all-NFC clash. Enjoy!

New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions Betting Odds:

New Orleans Saints -3 (-110)
@ Detroit Lions +3 (-110)

Over 54 (-110)
Under 54 (-110)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions Pick:

It will be very interesting to see how the Saints bounce back from last week’s tough loss vs. Green Bay. The offense appeared to be relatively lifeless, and Drew Brees is quickly showing signs of deterioration. Taysom Hill clearly isn’t a viable option, as was evident on his key fumble when the game was tied.

Without Michael Thomas once again, moving the chains through the air could prove problematic. Though Detroit does lack some bodies at the moment within the secondary, their pass rush can get to an immobile Brees with high frequency come Sunday. Look for New Orleans to really have to rely on a steady dose of Alvin Kamara in the ground game. That said, without a legitimate aerial attack – expect the Lions to really focus in on stifling Kamara’s legs.

As mentioned above, the Lions finally showed up and played like the team many thought they’d be from the outset of the season. Matt Stafford received great protection, which makes him even more dangerous with his arm. He also received his top wideout back in Kenny Golladay. The rangy receiver opened up the entire field and his presence alone improved the offense.

SAINTS ARE WALKING WOUNDED
It is tough to back New Orleans right now, especially with the recent injury report that came out over the weekend. WIth no Thomas, the offense will struggle yet again. But to make matters worse, the Saints will also be without Andrus Peat and Jared Cook. Beyond that, both of their top corners in Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins will also sit out – a huge issue when you need to stop Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay. As of now, the wrong team is favoured. Combine that with the Saints’ late-night COVID-19 scare, and I think the Lions hammer the Saints on Sunday.
My Pick
Lions +3
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.