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NFL Betting Preview: Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions

September 24, 2023


The 2-0 Atlanta Falcons travel to take on the 1-1 Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon in week 3 of the NFL season. 

Atlanta enters this game 2-0 following wins at home against the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24-10 and against the Green Bay Packers by a score of 25-24 while the Lions are 1-1 following a win on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 21-20 and a loss in overtime at home against the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 31-37. 

Will the Falcons improve to 3-0 on the season or will the Lions get the win at home? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The Atlanta Falcons enter this game with a record of 2-0 following a 25-24 win at home against the Green Bay Packers while failing to cover the 3-point spread as a home favorite in week 2 of the NFL season. Atlanta scored 25 points while compiling 446 total yards offensively which included 237 passing yards and 211 rushing yards while allowing 24 points and 224 total yards defensively which included 151 passing yards and 84 rushing yards. 

Dennis Ridder led the team in passing, completing 19 of 32 attempts for 237 yards with a touchdown and an interception while rushing for 39 yards and a touchdown. Bijan Robinson led the team in rushing with 19 carries for 124 yards while adding four receptions for 48 yards. Drake London led the team in receiving, catching six of seven targets for 67 yards and a touchdown.

Detroit enters this game with a record of 1-1 following a 31-37 loss in overtime at home against the Seattle Seahawks while failing to cover the 4.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 2 of the NFL season. The Lions scored 31 points while compiling 418 total yards offensively which included 323 passing yards and 102 rushing yards while allowing 37 points and 393 total yards defensively which included 328 passing yards and 82 rushing yards. 

Jared Goff led the team in passing, completing 28 of 35 attempts for 323 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. David Montgomery led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown while adding a reception for seven yards. Amon-Ra St. Brown led the team in receiving, catching six of seven targets for 102 yards.

BookMaker has the Detroit Lions listed as 4.5-point favorites at home against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon in week 3 of the NFL season. Atlanta has won six of the last ten and two of the last three games while going 6-4 ATS in the last ten games in the series. Atlanta is 1-1 ATS overall this season while the Detroit Lions are 1-1 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS at home, and 0-1 ATS as a favorite on the year.

Detroit is the more talented team this season, however, Atlanta has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten and two of the last three games. The Falcons are 6-4 ATS in the last ten games in the series. 

As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Atlanta Falcons +5 on BookMaker for this matchup on Sunday afternoon.

Spooky Express Pick: Atlanta Falcons +5