Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons
Date and Time: Sunday, 10/26/14 at 9:30am on FOX
Game Line: Detroit Lions -3.5 (from WagerWeb)
Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons Sunday NFL Football Analysis:
Points haven’t been easy to come by for the Detroit Lions, but they continue to wreak havoc on the defensive end. The slumping Atlanta Falcons are having issues on both sides of the ball. Looking to continue its defensive prowess overseas, Detroit tries to hand the Falcons a fifth consecutive defeat as these NFC foes square off in London on Sunday. The Lions’ defense clearly isn’t lacking for confidence, and it has the numbers to back it up. Detroit is surrendering an NFL low 290.3 yards per game and ranks second in points allowed with 15.0. The defense will be without tackle C.J. Mosley, who was sent home from London on Saturday and suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. Detroit says in a release that Mosley engaged in detrimental conduct and is suspended for two weeks. The 31 year old Mosley has played in all seven games for the Lions, with 2 1/2 sacks. The defense came up big again last Sunday in a 24-23 win over New Orleans. Safety Glover Quin had a late interception, and Matthew Stafford went on to throw a 5-yard touchdown moments later as Detroit erased a 13-point deficit in the final 3:38. Stafford finished 27 of 40 for 299 yards with two TDs and two interceptions, finding Golden Tate 10 times for 154 yards and a score. While Tate stepped up with Calvin Johnson injured, the offense hasn’t been the same. The Lions beat the New York GIants 35-14 in their season opener but have since averaged 17.5 points over their last six games. Johnson has missed the last two after aggravating his ankle in Week 5. The All Pro wideout, who’s been limited for nearly a month, traveled with the team but was limited in Wednesday’s practice and isn’t certain to suit up. Bell and Bush could break out against the Falcons, who have allowed an average of 137.7 yards and a league worst 13 TDs on the ground. Atlanta, which has lost six straight and 11 of 12 away from the Georgia Dome, also has plenty to clean up offensively after averaging 17.0 points during a four game losing streak The Falcons were held to a season low 254 yards of offense in last Sunday’s 29-7 rout at Baltimore.
Sunday NFL Week 8 Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons Free Picks: Detroit Lions -3.5 and under 47
Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons Game Prediction: 24-17 Lions
What to expect in this Week 8 NFL Football match up: Matt Ryan could be in for a long day against the Lions defensive front four, with one of the worst offensive lines in the league trying to protect him. He will be hit early and often and it will keep him from finding his outstanding receivers. On the other side of the ball, the Lions will continue to have problems generating offense but a few big plays will be all they’ll need to get a win in London.