|2009 NFL Preseason Betting Preview: Falcons at Lions Odds & Picks|
|Written by Anthony Rome|
|Friday, 14 August 2009 11:00|
Falcons at Lions Odds
Two teams that parallel each other will meet at Ford Field on Saturday, as the Detroit Lions host the Atlanta Falcons at 4:00PM ET.
It wasn’t too long ago that the Falcons were in utter disarray as an organization. One-time franchise player Michael Vick was hauled off to prison for 23 months on federal dog fighting charges, Bobby Petrino left the franchise in the lurch to rejoin the college ranks and GM Rich McKay was struggling to field a competitive roster.
But then Thomas Dimitroff was hired as Atlanta’s new GM and thinks started to turn around for the beleaguered franchise. Dimitroff hired former Jacksonville defensive coordinator Mike Smith as the Falcons new head coach, drafted quarterback Matt Ryan and signed free agent running back Michael Turner.
All of that amounted to a surprising 11-5 record in 2008 and a playoff appearance. And with the offseason acquisition of future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez as well as the continued development of Ryan, the Falcons are one of the most intriguing teams entering the ’09 season.
The Lions are were the Falcons used to be – at the center of change. They too have a new GM (Martin Mayhew), a new head coach (Jim Schwartz) and a new quarterback to help usher in hope (Matthew Stafford).
But can the Lions turn it around in one season like the Falcons did last year? A win over Atlanta on Saturday won’t answer that question, but a solid performance would certainly go a long way in providing hope for a traumatized franchise, one in which finished 0-16 a year ago.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have made the Lions 3-point favorites entering Saturday’s contest. The over/under has also been established at 35, as both defenses are young and inexperienced, which could lead to a ton of points scored.
The trends favor the Falcons and the under in this contest. Atlanta is 5-1 against the spread as an underdog in preseason and Detroit is 11-4 under if the total is between 35 and 38. Again though, keep in mind that both of these teams could struggle defensively given their inexperience.
NFL Week 1 Preseason: Falcons at Lions Odds & Over/Under Totals:
Falcons +3 Over 35
Lions –3 Under 35
Posted: 8/14/09 4:00PM ET