Free Week 3 NFL Prediction: Patriots vs Lions NFL Odds
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NFL Week 3 Handicapping
(1-1) New England Patriots vs. Detroit Lions (0-2)
Date: Sunday, September 23rd
Time: 8:20 PM
Venue: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Week 3 ATS Betting Lines: Patriots -7
NFL Week 3 Moneyline Odds: Off
Week 3 NFL Betting Total: 51.5
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New England is coming off a rare loss where they just looked outplayed, that just doesn’t happen that often. They are prone to slow starts from time to time but there shouldn’t be much panic with this group.
The Lions have looked really bad in the first couple of games with new head coach Matt Patricia. Now he is facing his former team and I do not think they are going to go easy on him. If anything the opposite.
New England Patriots
I was not at all surprised that the Jaguars gave the Patriots such a hard time last week. They probably should have beat them in the playoffs last year and that is a talented team that is playing with a lot of confidence right now.
I think the most troubling part of the loss was how they made Blake Bortles look like Tom Brady. Bortles is maybe the most maligned player in the league and he was able to make a ton of plays and was not really harassed much. Even the interception was not really on him.
When the Pats did have the ball they struggled running it and getting any big plays in the passing game. Gronk was essentially a non-factor but not everyone has the kind of defensive personnel that the Jaguars do. The receivers on New England definitely do not scare anyone though.
Conversely the Patriots did give up some really big plays to Bortles and Co. with a 61 yard TD by Dede Westbrook essentially sealing the game. Heading on the road for the second game in a row they have to tighten up some things.
The Lions did not look very good losing at home to the Jets on the first Monday nighter of the seam and they did not look much better in losing to San Francisco last week. At 0-2 they are desperate and staring down a likely 0-3 start.
Matt Stafford really struggled in the opener so it was good to see him bounce back – he threw for 300+, 3 TDS and no interception. He is always going to take some chances and you need that if you are going to beat the Pats.
Like New England Detroit is not going to scare many people with the running game. They were down a lot of the contest against San Francisco so they never really stuck with it but really they want to run just enough to keep the defense honest so Stafford can take his shots.
Detroit is really up against it for this one. You want to think that the the coach would have some helpful insight given his time in New England but I am not sure you can get over on Bill Belichick that way.
NFL Betting Trends:
- NE are 8-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- NE are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 road games.
- NE are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in September.
- DET are 2-9 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Over is 8-2 in DET last 10 home games.
- DET are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games in Week 3.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: New England -7
Back to back road games for New England and I don’t see them losing two in a row. If they are going to win odds are they might be angry enough to win by a lot.
NFL Free Week 3 Score Prediction: New England 35 – Detroit 24
The Detroit defense is not very good. Look for the Patriots to get up early and when the game is mostly decided for the Lions to rack up some yards and some point to make things looks closer than they were.
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