Saints and Lions Might Really Air it Out
The New Orleans Saints are still technically alive in the NFC playoff race, although you wouldn’t want to be going to the bank on their chances. The Detroit Lions are eliminated, although they did what they could to keep themselves alive. These teams will meet up in the Monday night game at 8:30 PM ET at the Superdome in New Orleans, and although it is not an “important” game as far as the post-season is concerned, it will probably present an interesting matchup between quarterbacks who can really pout up some numbers. After the opening kickoff, BetAnySports customers can keep themselves very much alive with the ability to challenge the NFL betting odds in real time through the facilities of Live Betting Extra.
In the Monday night NFL betting odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Saints are favored by a field goal:
New Orleans Saints -3 (+100)
Detroit Lions +3 (-120)
Over 51 points -110
Under 51 points -110
The Lions, who made the playoffs last year and almost beat the Dallas Cowboys in the opening round, Blew a lead against the San Diego Chargers in the season’s first game, and that kind of set the tone for them. They lost six of their first seven, and changes were made. Gone were the offensive coordinator, the line coach and even the team president. Soon the team responded, with three straight victories, all very impressive, against Green Bay, Philadelphia and Oakland. And there was hope that this team may be able to keep itself alive. But then came the Hail Mary pass from Aaron Rodgers to Richard Rodgers that brought the Packers the last-minute win in the rematch. That really took the air out of this team’s tires, as they were flat against St. Louis last week in the 21-14 defeat. So the question is whether they can recapture some intensity here.
Yes, we know that the Saints are trying to make a move toward better defense, as they got rid of coordinator Rob Ryan and replaced him with Dennis Allen. They did a pretty good job last week against Tampa Bay, holding the Bucs below 300 yards. And New Orleans is playing without former Heisman winner Mark Ingram, their most dependable running back, and they have had to use Tim Hightower, cut twice previously this season by the club, at the position. That may drive Drew Brees more toward the air, and he has already thrown it 497 times. He will likely go over the 4000-yard mark in this game.
Detroit has a few milestones to look at, including the possibility Calvin Johnson going over the 1000-yard mark in receiving yards. However, BetAnySports patrons know that coach Jim Caldwell may be nearing the end of the line in his job. This season has been a major disappointment, and Caldwell, who went to the Super Bowl with Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts (against Brees and the Saints) pitched management on how he was going to improve Stafford’s performance. Well, Stafford has completed 65% of his passes with 24 touchdowns, but has been intercepted 13 times, and offensive line has not given him a lot of time either (35 sacks). This should not be the kind of team that passes the ball 65% of the time, but they do. And by the way, New Orleans has thrown it 64% of the time, so you can guess what the thrust of each offense is going to be. Totals bettors, take note!
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Written By Ian Palmer