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Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions Betting Odds

Written by:
Carrie Stroup
Published on:
Oct/22/2011
Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions Betting Odds

Carrie Stroup here with the latest Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions betting odds courtesy of Sportsbook.com.  Claim up to $250 FREE CASH here when you join today.  Let’s get started.

Sportsbook.com Line & Total: Detroit -3.5 (even) & 47.5

Opening Line & Total: Lions -4.5 & 48

Atlanta tries to piece together its first win streak of the season when it pays a visit to Detroit on Sunday.

The Lions are indeed coming off a disappointing first loss of the year, dropping

a home game against the 49ers, but they have a chance to pounce on the Falcons in Week 7. Atlanta has not played well against teams with winning records this year, losing all three of those games by a combined margin of 71-39. Even in getting a win at home against Carolina last week, Atlanta was outgained by the Panthers. Atlanta is 2-4 ATS this year, while the Lions are 16-4 ATS in the past two seasons.

The Falcons turned back to RB Michael Turner and the power running game to beat Carolina this past Sunday, as he ran for a season-high 139 yards on 27 carries. Turner expects to have another heavy workload against the Lions soft run defense. Detroit has allowed 5.2 yards per carry this year (2nd-most in NFL) and was steamrolled by San Francisco last week, allowing 203 yards on 29 carries (7.0 YPC). Atlanta QB Matt Ryan threw just 22 passes in last week’s game, the fewest attempts he’s had in a full game since his rookie year. Star WR Roddy White still doesn’t look 100 percent because of a knee injury, as he only caught two passes against the Panthers. The Falcons other starting WR Julio Jones missed the Carolina game with a hamstring injury and his return is questionable for the trip to Detroit.

The Lions will continue to air out the football, especially with leading rusher Jahvid Best doubtful to play on Sunday because of a concussion. The Falcons rank 27th in the NFL in passing defense (283 YPG), and they’ll have all kinds of problems with the Lions dynamic duo of QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson. Stafford has thrown at least two touchdowns in all six games this year, totaling 15 TD and 4 INT on the season. Johnson leads the NFL with nine touchdowns and has gained at least 88 receiving yards five times this season. In addition to Best, the Lions have other injury worries for Sunday, as LB Justin Durant (concussion), CB Eric Wright (leg) and S Vincent Fuller (elbow) are all questionable for Sunday’s game.

- Carrie Stroup, Gambling911.com Senior Reporter

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