Playing at home, and according to the Week 17 NFL Spread, the Lions are favorites to beat Green Bay.

NFL Preseason Lions at Bills Betting Odds

Written by on August 30, 2017

Even though he wouldn’t have suited up for the always meaningless Week 4 NFL preseason finale that all starters generally sit out of, the Buffalo Bills will be going to battle without starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor after he suffered a concussion in Buffalo’s Week 3 scrimmage matchup. Now, let’s find out if the winless Bills can get the ‘feel-good’ win and ATS cover in their preseason finale against a Detroit Lions team that narrowly lost its first game of the scrimmage campaign on a last-second field goal in Week 3. Hence, take a look at the betting lines for this preseason match here at MyBookie.

A Closer Look at the NFL Preseason Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills Betting Odds

 
  When: Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET Where: New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York TV: NFL Network Radio: Sirius XM Radio Live Stream: NFL Game Pass NFL Odds: OFF GAMETIME WEATHER
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Why Bet the Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford completed 15-of-22 passes for 190 yards with two touchdowns and one interception as Detroit came all the way back from a 24-0 first quarter deficit to take a 28-24 lead late in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, the Lions ended up on the wrong end of a painful 30-28 loss as New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 45-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to lift Tom Brady and the Patriots to victory. Marvin Jones caught four passes for 62 yards and one touchdown, while running back Ameer Abdullah rushed for a team-high 60 yards on 13 carries while adding three catches for 39 yards. Defensively, the Lions allowed Tom Brady to complete 12 of 15 passes for 174 yards with two touchdowns although safety Glover Quin did intercept the future Hall of Fame signal-caller once in the loss.

DETROIT LIONS TEAM STATISTICS

  • Offensive total yards 332.47
  • Current Offensive rush yards 79.94
  • Offensive passing yards 252.53
  • Average Score For 20.71
  • Defensive total yards 356.88
  • Current Defensive rush yards 110.71
  • Defensive passing yards 246.18
  • Average Score Against 22.59

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Why Bet the Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills fell to 0-3 in the preseason by getting held to just two second half points and allowing Baltimore to score 10 points after halftime. More importantly for the Bills moving forward, starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion on Buffalo’s second series after getting sacked by Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon. Taylor had to be helped from the field by team trainers. The Buffalo Bills fell to 0-3 in the NFL preseason by getting held to just two second half points. Buffalo also scratched defensive tackle Marcell Dareus for disciplinary reasons in the third preseason game Saturday night. The veteran has also been suspended twice in the past six seasons. Veteran backup T.J. Yates completed 8 of 15 passes for 102 yards with one interception, but third-string quarterback, rookie Nathan Peterman, completed 11 of 23 passes for 93 yards and has played much better than expected for a fifth-round pick out out Pittsburgh. Defensively, linebacker Preston Brown recorded a game-high six tackles.

BUFFALO BILLS TEAM STATISTICS

  • Offensive total yards 354.00
  • Current Offensive rush yards 164.31
  • Offensive passing yards 189.69
  • Average Score For 24.94
  • Defensive total yards 357.00
  • Current Defensive rush yards 134.75
  • Defensive passing yards 222.25
  • Average Score Against 23.62

Expert Analysis and NFL Preseason Prediction

I’ve been really impressed with Detroit Lions backup quarterback Jake Rudock and even third-stringer Brad Kaaya and I believe the Lions are the right pick to get the road win against Buffalo even though Nathan Peterman has looked like a viable backup and veteran T.J. Yates has plenty of experience. Buffalo hasn’t scored more than 16 points in any preseason contest and is averaging a paltry 11.7 points per game in three scrimmage matchups while Detroit has put up a solid 22.7 points per game while limiting the opposition to just 15.3 points per game defensively. Detroit is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 Thursday games while Buffalo has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. The Lions will win and cover

NFL Preseason Pick: Detroit 27 Buffalo 21

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