|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on the NFLNFL football odds handicappers have an inter-conference football betting matchup of last year’s super bowl champion against last year’s winless team from Detroit. NFL football odds handicappers saw the Pittsburgh Steelers get a much needed win last Sunday night while the Lions suffered a football betting loss at Chicago.
Even worse than Detroit’s 24-48 loss to the Bears last week as 9.5-point dogs against the NFL football odds was the injury to number one draft pick Matthew Stafford as the quarterback is now out indefinitely due to an ankle injury suffered on a tackle.
Stafford was enjoying a strong football betting performance before he went down as he threw for 296 yards and a touchdown. Detroit was knocking on the Chicago door and was very much in the game when Stafford left the game and substitute Daunte Culpeper could not sustain online betting momentum.
The Lions now have a record of 1-3 both straight up and against the NFL football odds with an even 2/2 split on over/unders. The Lions have looked like an improved team against the NFL football odds but the loss of Stafford is not going to help in this week’s matchup versus the world champions.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a 38-28 win over the San Diego Chargers as 5.5-point home favorites against the NFL football odds. The win snapped a 2-game losing streak for Pittsburgh against the NFL football odds.
The Steelers are now 2-2 straight up and 1-3 against the NFL football odds with an even 2/2 split on over/under totals. Pittsburgh ranks in the middle of the pack against the NFL football odds for both offense and defense and seems to be suffering from a super bowl hangover so far this year.
The Steelers have covered the spread in just 1 out of their last 5 games on the road. Pittsburgh has gone over the total in 4 out of their last 6 road games. Detroit has covered just 2 out of their last 9 games at home. The Lions have gotten the cash in 4 out of their last 5 meetings with the Steelers.