Bills vs. Lions Prediction

Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, 8/23/19 Prediction & Odds

The Buffalo Bills have won their first two preseason games, while the Detroit Lions have lost their first two. Will that stay the same tonight when the two teams meet in Detroit for a week three preaseason battle?

Game Snapshot

265 Buffalo Bills at 266 Detroit Lions

Friday, August 23, 2019

Ford Field at 8PM ET

TV: CBS

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Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers, the Bills are a 3.5-point favorite to win on the spread line. The over-under is set at 41 points. As of Friday afternoon, 75 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Buffalo. Check out our NFL Public Betting Page for the latest updates.

Bills hold on against Panthers

Buffalo secured a 27-14 win at Carolina last week to improve to 2-0 in the preseason. Matt Barkley helped lead the Bills offense as he finished 8-of-10 through the air for 110 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. Third-string quarterback Tyree Jackson led the ground game with eight rushes for 27 yards, while LeSean McCoy contributed four rushes for six yards and a score. Duke Williams led the receiving corps with three catches for 38 yards and a TD. Stephen Hauschka was 1-for-2 on field goal attempts as he made a 30-yarder, while Chase McLaughlin was 1-for-1 with a 23-yard make. Kevin Johnson paced the defense with a 70-yard interception return.

Lions unable to rally back

Detroit fell into a 10-0 deficit through one quarter and was unable to rally last week as it fell 30-23 at Houston in preseason week two. David Fales led the passing attack as he went 12-of-19 for 226 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Mark Thompson paced the ground game with five rushes for 25 yards and a score. Andy Johnson caught two passes for 60 yards, while Zach Zenner caught a 5-yard TD. Matt Prater was 1-for-1 on field goal attempts with a 49-yard make. Miles Killebrew and Will Harris both had six tackles (five solo) to lead the defense.

NFL Betting Trends

Buffalo

The Bills are 4-1 ATS in their last five games on field turf. The under is 6-1 in the last seven Buffalo road games.

Detroit

The Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Detroit is 1-5 ATS in its last six games on field turf.

Prediction:

Buffalo is a little bit healthier and its starters will probably get a bit more run than Detroit's especially at the skill positions. While it's difficult to take the Bills on the road with the hook, I haven't seen much life out of the Lions yet this preseason and their home fans will be ready to boo at the first sign of things going south. I think Buffalo is the smart play here.

 

NFL DAILY PREDICTION: BUFFALO BILLS -3.5

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