The New Orleans Saints will be hosting the Detroit Lions this online NFL betting Sunday in an attempt to gain some ground in the divisional race. The NFC South is known for its unpredictability and 2017 is no exception. Coming into the season, offshore sportsbooks were expecting the Atlanta Falcons to be the sole contenders in the South. But the Carolina Panthers have emerged as an elite team and the Saints could stand a chance at giving both of those franchises a hard time in the South. But first, New Orleans will need to beat the Lions this Sunday.
The Detroit Lions stampede into this Week 6 matchup sporting a 3-2 record that ranks them 2nd in the NFC North. Detroit is coming off a season in which they received a Wild Card berth into the playoffs, but they’ll be looking for an NFC North title this year. They’ll need to beat the Packers to do it however, something they weren’t capable of last offshore sportsbook betting season. Detroit is already one game behind the Packers. And judging by the chemistry Aaron Rodgers and company are displaying this early into the year, the Lions can’t really afford to slip any further.
It looks like the best sportsbook online sites are pegging the Lions as underdogs this Sunday. Surprisingly, Detroit’s 2 losses of the season have come at home, so there’s no reason to suspect that playing on the road will impact them all that heavily. From a statistical point of view, both teams are pretty even; the Lions score 24.6 per game and give up 19.4, while the Saints put up 23.3 and allow 19.5. Ultimately, a better way of judging this matchup would be to do a raw comparison of the quarterbacks. Would you rather bet on Matt Stafford or would you rather back a quarterback that has already won a Super Bowl like Drew Brees? Accounting for the odds available on Stafford, you might want to bet on the underdog on this one.
Betting New Orleans
The Saints march into this contests sporting a 2-2 record that ranks them 3rd in the NFC South alongside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New Orleans’ two losses of the season have come at the hands of the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings. However, those losses were suffered consecutively to start out the season and since then the Saints have fared much better, winning their last two in a row. Furthermore, considering that they suffered a loss to the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans will be eager to get revenge on the NFC North.
Players placing sportsbook bets on this Week 6 contest should be aware that the Saints will be without Adrian Peterson this Sunday. Granted, Peterson didn’t do much for New Orleans so the loss shouldn’t have that great of an impact. Peterson was brought in as a free agent this past offseason but wasn’t the right fix for the Saints’ pass-heavy offense. As the franchise became aware of this, they decided the best thing to do was trade Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals.
Offshore Sportsbook Betting Odds:
Detroit Lions +4 (-110) 49 ½ (-110) +176
New Orleans Saints -4 (-110) 49 ½ (-110) -210
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