Sunday, December 4, 2016
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The Detroit Lions take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The opening line for this game has New Orleans as 5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 54. The Lions are 7-4-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 4-7-0. The Saints have an over/under record of 6-5-0 and they are 7-3-1 against the spread.
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Matthew Stafford finished with 232 yards through the air for Detroit last week. He completed 23 passes out of 40 attempts for a 58% completion percentage. The Lions were led in rushing by Theo Riddick, who finished with 45 yards on 9 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Golden Tate was the team leader in receiving with a total of 77 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 15 yards per reception. As a team in that game Detroit got a total of 18 first downs. Of those first downs, 5 came on the ground while 13 came through the air. They ran 61 total plays for 308 yards for the game. The Lions ran for 94 yards on 19 attempts.
Drew Brees finished with 310 yards passing for New Orleans last week. He went 28 for 36, resulting in a 78% completion percentage. The Saints were led on the ground by Mark Ingram, who finished with 146 yards on 14 carries. He ended the game with an average of 10 yards per rush. Michael Thomas led the team in receiving with 108 yards and 9 catches. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. New Orleans had 27 first downs total. 9 came from running the ball and 17 came from a pass. They ran 71 total plays for 555 yards for the contest. The Saints ran for 209 yards on 32 carries as a team.
Detroit scores 22 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 19th in the NFL. In the passing department, they average 24 passes on 36 attempts for a 67% completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 249 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 17th in the league. The Lions run for an average of 81 yards per game on 22 attempts for an average of 3.7 yards per carry. That ranks them 30th in the league. They also run 60 plays per contest and average 5.5 yards per play for an average of 330 yards per game, ranking their offense 26th overall this season. The Lions average 20 first downs per game which ranks them 21st in the NFL. They accumulate 60 penalty yards per game via 6.8 penalties, which ranks 24th in the league.
Detroit allows 251 passing yards per game, ranking 14th, and they allow 22 points per contest on defense, which ranks 15th. They give up 26 completions on 35 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 74%. The Lions allow 103 rushing yards per game on 24 carries for an average of 4.3 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 17th in the NFL. Detroit allows 353 total yards per game including 5.8 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 15th in terms of yards per game. They get flagged for 7.1 penalties for 53.5 yards per game, ranking them 18th among NFL teams.
New Orleans averages 30 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 2nd in the league. In the passing department, they complete 30 passes per game on 42 attempts for a 71% completion percentage. They throw for 319 yards through the air per game, ranking them 1st. The Saints run for an average of 115 yards per game on 26 attempts for an average of 4.4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 8th on the ground. They also run 70 plays per game and average 6.2 yards per play for a total of 434 yards per game, ranking them 1st in the league on offense. The Saints get an average of 25 first downs per game, which ranks 1st. They average 55.2 penalty yards per game via 6 penalties, ranking them 16th in the NFL.
New Orleans allows an average of 271 passing yards per game, which ranks 27th in the league. Their defense overall allows 28 points per contest, which has them ranked 30th. They give up 23 completions on 37 attempts for a completion percentage of 62% per game. The Saints allow 99 rushing yards per contest on 25 carries for a 4 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 12th in the NFL. New Orleans allows 370 total yards per game for an average of 5.8 yards per play, which ranks 26th in the league. They force 6.2 penalties for 54.5 yards in each contest, ranking 6th.
Detroit Betting Trends
Detroit is 4-7-0 against the over/under this season
Detroit has an ATS record of 7-4-0 this season
New Orleans Betting Trends
New Orleans is 6-5-0 against the over/under this season
New Orleans has an ATS record of 7-3-1 this season
Injuries to Watch
11/27/16 TE Brandon Pettigrew Knee "?" Sunday vs. New Orleans
11/27/16 LB DeAndre Levy Quad "?" Sunday vs. New Orleans
11/27/16 S Don Carey Hamstring "?" Sunday vs. New Orleans
11/02/16 DE Armonty Bryant Suspension expected to miss 3 games
11/02/16 TE Cole Wick Knee IR
09/21/16 RB Ameer Abdullah Foot IR
09/02/16 LS Jimmy Landes Shoulder IR
09/02/16 LB Jon Bostic Foot IR
08/31/16 TE Timothy Wright ACL IR
11/27/16 RB Daniel Lasco Hamstring "?" Sunday vs. Detroit
11/16/16 LB Michael Mauti Illness IR
11/08/16 LB James Laurinaitis Quad IR
10/12/16 DB Erik Harris ACL IR
09/29/16 DE Obum Gwacham Undisclosed IR
09/22/16 CB P.J. Williams Concussion IR
09/04/16 TE Michael Hoomanawanui Leg IR
08/31/16 CB Damian Swann Abdominal IR
08/31/16 LB Hau'oli Kikaha Knee PUP
Guy's Pick: Take New Orleans -5
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