Monday Night Football Betting: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints

Monday Night Football Betting: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints
Date: Monday, December 21 – 8:25 PM ET
Site: Superdome – New Orleans
TV: ESPN

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Pointspread: Saints -2.5 (-117) / Lions +2.5 (+107)

Total: Over 51.5 points -105 / Under 51.5 points -105

The Detroit Lions looked a little flat the last time they took the field; the question is whether they are going to stay that way as they take the field against the New Orleans Saints in a game that is more or less meaningless as far as the playoff situation is concerned. The game will get underway at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN, and customers at BetAnySports will have the opportunity to test themselves against the Monday night football betting odds through the facilities provided by Live Betting Extra.

The Lions seemed to have a head of steam, with three straight victories, and were headed to a sweep of the Green Bay Packers, until Aaron Rodgers beat them with a Hail Mary. That too the wind out of their sails, and last week they looked like they were sleepwalking as they fell meekly to the St. Louis Rams, giving up 203 rushing yards after allowing just 232 combined over the previous four weeks. And that game demonstrated almost no balance between the run and the pass on their part, as they ran the ball only 20 times.

With Detroit eliminated, questions persist as to whether Jim Caldwell is going to keep his job. Caldwell has underperformed in the Motor City after pledging to management that he was going to transform Matthew Stafford. Well, Stafford is always going to put up some numbers, although his 3409 yards are lower than a lot of BetAnySports patrons might have expected at this point.

Detroit has not run the ball well, and some of the fingers have pointed to the failure on the part of rookie Ameer Abdullah to be a real factor. He started out the season with some promise, but he’s got only 437 yards and ONE rushing touchdown. Caldwell scapegoated the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, firing them, and in each of the last four games the Lions have had 100 yards on the ground, after reaching that total just once in the previous nine contests.

Maybe this bodes well for them against the Saints’ defense, which has been a disaster all season long. Let’s face it – when you allow five yards a carry to the opposition, that is disastrous, and things have not gotten better since Dennis Allen took over this unit in the wake of Rob Ryan’s dismissal. In the last two games, New Orleans has permitted their foes (Carolina and Tampa Bay) to run for 290 yards on 50 carries. Do the math.

And the New Orleans running game will look for a shot in the arm once again from Tim Hightower, who has been so persistent in coming back from knee injuries that have sidelined him for a few years. He had 85 yards vs. Tampa Bay in last week’s 24-17 victory, and he’ll be counted on once again with Mark Ingram sitting down with an injury. You just know that Drew Brees (3794 yards, 25 touchdowns) is wondering what would be happening if he still had tight end Jimmy Graham (traded to Seattle, now injured) in his lineup.

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