Lions Looking to Pull Ahead in the NFC North
Posted by: Mike Davis
Because teams like the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, and Oakland Raiders are stealing the national spotlight, the Detroit Lions have been able to fly under the radar. But at 8-4 it is time that the online NFL gambling community starts paying more attention to the Lions. Entering the season only the Bears had worst odds amongst online sportsbooks for winning the North, but surprisingly enough the Lions have been having the best season out of all NFC North teams. Currently Detroit is on a 4-game wins streak that includes 2 wins over the Minnesota Vikings, further solidifying their position as the leaders of the NFC North. However, the Lions will have to face the Green Bay Packers once more before the season concludes in Week 17. Can the Lions keep their win streak alive until that pivotal date? Let’s see what the NFL betting odds have to say about Detroit’s chances in their next contest.
NFL Odds – Week 14 – Sunday, December 11th
Detroit Lions -9 (-105) 44 (-110)
The Bears will be coming into this contest with a 3-9 record so it comes as little surprise to see the online NFL gambling lines side with Detroit. However, the Bears are coming off a win this past weekend, and even though it was against the lowly San Francisco 49ers it will still provide plenty of momentum for Chicago to build on. That, and the Bears actually beat the Lions the first time these two met each other. It might have been very early in the season, but since Chicago has 2 wins against divisional opponents it’s safe to say that the Bears know how to pull off an upset against an NFC North rival. But like the Bears the Lions will also be coming in with a win streak of their own, the only thing is that the Lions’ is much more impressive.
But wins isn’t the only department in which the Lions outclass the Bears, the difference between their quarterbacks is pretty substantial. Although Brian Hoyer is filling in for an injured Jay Cutler, it doesn’t really matter who the Lions start; Matt Stafford is better than all of them. Stafford will be heading into this contest with a 100.5 passer rating for the season after throwing for 3,224 yards, 21 touchdowns, and just 5 interceptions. Hoyer will be coming into this game with a 98.0 passer rating for the season after throwing for 1,445 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Although Hoyer looks good enough on paper, on the field he hasn’t been good enough to lead the Bears to a winning season. This online NFL gambling weekend, the difference between Stafford and Hoyer will be most noticeable.