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Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons Pick & Prediction DEC 26TH 2021

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: FOX
Logo Detroit Lions
VS
Logo Atlanta Falcons
49
OPENNER
-7.5

44.5o -110
CURRENT
-9 +105

+290
MONEYLINE
-350

16
SCORE
20

The Detroit Lions are on quite the roll lately, winning two big games. Although the playoffs aren’t a competition they’ll be in this season, they’re finishing the season strong. Their win over the Vikings lifted spirits and last week, they beat the Cardinals. The Atlanta Falcons are the next team on their schedule, so it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out.

The Atlanta Falcons are coming off of a blowout loss to the 49ers. This season has been a roller coaster for the Falcons, but they could build some morale against Detroit. As we’ve seen, Detroit won’t be an easy team for the Falcons to take out. They’ll need to be at the top of their game, especially in the secondary. Jared Goff has recently been exposing lackluster defenses.

Lions vs. Falcons Odds for NFL Week 16

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Lions (+165) vs. Falcons (-190)

SPREAD: Lions +3.5 (-113) vs. Falcons -3.5 (-107)

GAME TOTAL: Over 44.5 (-110) vs. Under 44.5 (-110)

Lions at Falcons Preview, Stats and Trends

There have been a couple of things the Lions have done really well lately. One is taking advantage of weak secondaries. The other is playing incredible defense when they need it the most. The fact that they shut down Kyler Murray and the Cardinals is an incredible feat. When looking at statistics, the Lions don’t look like much, but they can perform under pressure.

It’s clear that they want to end their season on a high note. With just a few weeks left, they can start by taking down the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta allows the third-most points per game in the NFL (27.4), the Lions can use that to their advantage. However, the Lions also need to remember that the Falcons have some threats on offense, mainly Cordarrelle Patterson.

For the Falcons to win this game they need to start playing like winners. They were easily beaten by the 49ers and scored just three points in the second half. If you want to win a game in the NFL, you’ll need to be much better on offense. Atlanta can optimize their offense by getting Cordarrelle Patterson involved on multiple levels. This will keep Detroit’s defense guessing.

On defense, putting pressure on Jared Goff is key. The Falcons have a terrible secondary, allowing an average of 246.57 passing yards per game. They’ll need to find a way to get to Goff quickly so he doesn’t have time in the pocket. If they don’t he’ll be able to take his time and pick the Falcons defense apart.

Lions vs. Falcons Pick

Lions 20 - Falcons 13

The Falcons defense is their biggest hang-up, especially in the secondary. When they played the 49ers, the Falcons allowed 397 yards of total offense. It also doesn’t give us much confidence when we see that they’ve gone 6-8 ATS this season. Taking all of that into consideration, we’d much rather take the Lions here.

Detroit has a much better record against the spread and a stronger defense. They put the defense on display against the Cardinals and we have faith in them here. Detroit is 9-5 against the spread so far and has gone 5-1 ATS in the last six weeks. We’ll take the road team to win this one and we’ll be taking the under as well.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games.

2. Atlanta is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.

3. Detroit is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against an opponent in the NFC.

Best Bet: Detroit Lions +3.5

PREDICTION
Detroit Lions
17
26
Atlanta Falcons

Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons Recap DEC 26TH 2021

Matt Ryan passed for 215 yards and a touchdown and the host Atlanta Falcons topped the Detroit Lions 20-16 on Sunday.

Cordarrelle Patterson had a rushing touchdown for Atlanta (7-8) and Kyle Pitts caught six passes for 102 yards. Linebacker Foyesade Oluokun clinched the win with an interception in the final minute.

Amon-Ra St. Brown caught nine passes for 91 yards and scored the lone touchdown for the Lions (2-12-1), who had won two of their last three games.

Jared Goff, the Lions' usual starting quarterback, missed the game after testing positive for COVID-19. Tim Boyle got the start and passed for 187 yards and a touchdown but also threw the costly interception. Jamaal Williams rushed for 77 yards on 19 carries.

The Lions scored first on a 26-yard Riley Patterson field goal. Atlanta had a nine-play, 54-yard drive early in the second quarter, which Patterson capped off with a 6-yard run. The touchdown came on a fourth-and-1 situation.

Detroit answered with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that was extended by a fake punt. KhaDarel Dodge caught a 21-yard pass from punter Jack Fox. That set up Boyle's 20-yard scoring pass to St. Brown.

The Falcons knotted the game on their next possession with Younghoe Koo's 53-yard field goal, and the game was tied at 10 apiece at halftime.

Koo's 48-yard field goal gave Atlanta a 13-10 lead early in the third quarter. Pitts had a 35-yard reception during that drive.

Patterson drilled a 37-yard field goal with 3:06 remaining in the third to tie it once again.

The Falcons grabbed the lead on Ryan's 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hayden Hurst. The 10-play, 71-yard drive was set up by Ryan's 19-yard pass to Pitts.

Patterson made a 26-yard field goal with 2:38 left to pull Detroit within four points.

Atlanta receiver Russell Gage fumbled the ball away at his own 37 with over two minutes remaining, giving the Lions a chance to win it. But after the Lions drove inside the 10, Oluokun picked off Boyle's pass attempt with 33 seconds left.

--Field Level Media

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