NFL Monday Night Football: Lions at Saints Football Odds, Pick & Betting Preview

Posted by Aaron . on December 21, 2015 in

The Detroit Lions started the season 0-7…then won four games in a row…and now have dropped two, sitting at 4-9. Now they find themselves heading to New Orleans (5-8) for the Week 15 Monday Night Football tilt. The Lions are 1-4 in their last five games against New Orleans (0-5 against the spread). The Saints are three-point favorites on NFL football odds with the over/under total is 51 points.

Should you pick the Detroit Lions (+3)?

The Lions were one play away from sweeping the Green Bay Packers two weeks ago, until one of the worst coaching decisions in the NFL this year saw Detroit screw up a Hail Mary defense as Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard bomb on the game’s last play. They seemed to be still in shock from that loss as they lost to St. Louis last week. The Saints are nowhere near as good as Green Bay, and Tennessee and Tampa Bay have already come in as road underdogs and beaten the Saints straight up. The Lions look like they have righted the ship after that awful start, and they have a great shot at getting back on a winning roll this week.

Should you pick the New Orleans Saints (-3)?

The Lions are 0-9 against the spread in their last nine December road games. They are 1-4 on the road this year (with the one road win coming in Green Bay). The Saints are 10-2 in their last twelve Monday Night Football appearances. The Superdome has long been a place where road teams experience a house of horrors, particularly in prime time as the fans get raucous in night games.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

It’s hard to pick against the Saints in a home Monday Night game. It’s true that the Saints are only 2-9-1 against the spread in their last dozen games as a favorite, but I don’t trust the Lions to come down here and overcome that prime time atmosphere. Consider the “over” here, though, as the game features two big offenses and no prime time defenses. Over the last 30 games, New Orleans has gone “over” 21 times, so consider that play.