We have already had the Hall of Fame Game played, but this week marks the true start of the NFL preseason schedule. This is where we will get put first real look at teams, but having said that, the chances of seeing a ton of starters on the field in the opening week is highly unlikely. A lot of players that will take the field over the course of the next few days will not be on the sidelines or even on an NFL roster come the start of the season. That, of course, makes handicapping these games something of a thankless task. Still, we are going to look at the trends to see what we can figure out, with the hope being that we can still pick some winners along the way. This coming Friday, we will see the Buffalo Bills head to Detroit to face the Lions as a 2-point favorite. The O/U for this one is set at 37, so I think we have a couple of potential plays here. With all that in mind, let’s take a closer look at both teams so you can get all set to bet against their NFL Preseason odds.
NFL Betting Preview for Buffalo Bills vs Detroit Lions On Aug. 13th
Bills vs Lions NFL Preseason Game Betting Analysis
- When: Friday, August 13 at 7 PM EST
- Where: Ford Field, Detroit
- TV: NFL Network
Why bet on the Buffalo Bills
2020 proved to be a big year for the Buffalo Bills and a huge one for QB Josh Allen. The Bills won the division and made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game before losing to the Chiefs. That performance was enough to convince the Bills to hand Allen a very nice contract extension, but do not expect to see much, if any, of him this coming Friday. Yes, it’s preseason and all trends should be taken with a grain of salt, but there are some things to like, starting with the Bills going 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games. They are also 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games versus teams from the NFC. In road games, Buffalo has seen the OVER hit in 4 of their last 5.
Why bet on the Detroit Lions
Last season proved to be the end of an era for the Detroit Lions, as they shipped QB Matthew Stafford to LA in exchange for Jared Goff. While Goff is younger and has a ton of upside, it’s a trade that you have to say was more favorable for the Rams. This figures to be another long season for Detroit, who are once again in a rebuild that never seems to end. As far as performance goes, you have to say that home field advantage does not seem to be a thing for the Lions, as they have gone 1-11 SU in their last 12 games at Ford Field. They have also not been a very good bet against the spread, going just 7-13 ATS in the last 20 games they started as the underdog. The OVER has hit in 6 of their last 7 games versus opponents from the AFC.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
If this were a regular season game, you would see the spread fall much more in the favor of the Bills. Still, I think that -2 is excellent value and a number that they can easily cover. I also really like the OVER in this game.
Pick: Buffalo Bills 33 Detroit Lions 17