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Sports Betting: Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions Spread and Trends

Written by Matt Stevens   
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 09:35

2011 Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions LinesThe Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions will meet this Sunday at Ford Field. Join Now to Bet on this Game!

The handshake seen ‘round the world may just be start the start of bad things to come for Jim Schwartz and his Lions.

As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end” and our sports betting database confirms the English proverb as it notes: NFL teams who open the season 4-0 or better are just 1-8-1 ATS off their first loss of the betting season when facing a .500 or greater non-division foe off a SU and ATS win.

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As it is, the Lions, themselves, are 2-8 SU off their initial setback of the year – not a good sign for a team laying points in the follow-up.

The line also bears watching as the Lions are just 1-6 ATS in this series as a dog or favorite of 3 or less points.

And as for Schwartz, he doesn’t handle defeats particularly well, either, sporting a 3-11 SU and 4-9-1 ATS record off a SU loss versus a .500 or less non-division opponent.

That’s a far cry from Atlanta HC Mike Smith’s determined 9-1 ATS mark against .750 or greater opposition.

Toss in the Falcons’ bribed-if-you-win 7-4 SU and 9-2 ATS log before a Bye and you can see why we’re not afraid to ‘shake’ things up today in Motown. Down goes Detroit, again!

Sportsbooks odds: Lions listed as 4½-point favorites versus the Falcons, while the game's total is sitting at 48½.

Betting trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 8 games on the road
Atlanta is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Detroit is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Detroit is 9-1-1 ATS in its last 11 games
Detroit is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games at home

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