NFL Picks: Week 3 Falcons vs Lions


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The Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions, two teams with contrasting starts to the season, are set to collide in what promises to be a memorable faceoff. Both teams have showcased their potential and vulnerabilities, and as they gear up to battle it out on the gridiron, fans are eagerly anticipating a game full of suspense, drama, and outstanding football action.



Spread: Falcons +3.5 (-110), Lions -3,5 (-110)ย 

Moneyline: Falcons +139, Lions -170ย 

Total: O 45.5 (-110), U 45.5 (-110)ย 

NFL Match Lions vs Falcons

Atlanta Falcons: Rising to New Heights

Undefeated thus far, the Falcons have managed to clinch a win in a nail-biting game against the Green Bay Packers with a narrow 25-24 victory. Quarterback Desmond Ridder exhibited a notable performance, completing 19 out of 32 passes, aggregating 237 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception. The offense was further powered by Bijan Robinson’s prowess on the ground, registering 124 rushing yards. On the receiving end, Drake London emerged as a vital player, notching 67 yards from 6 receptions and a touchdown. In terms of defense, Kaden Elliss showcased his dominance with 6 solo tackles and a crucial sack, though the team left room for improvement as they failed to record an interception.

Detroit Lions: Seeking Redemption

Entering the game with a 1-1 record, the Lions suffered a heartbreaking overtime defeat against the Seattle Seahawks, losing 37-31. Jared Goff, at the helm, put forth a commendable effort, completing 28 out of 35 passes, amassing 323 passing yards, and securing 3 touchdowns, though marred by an interception. David Montgomery paced the running game with 67 yards and a touchdown, while Amon-Ra St. Brown excelled in the receiving department with a commendable 102 yards on 6 receptions. Defensively, the Lions saw C. J. Gardner-Johnson lead with 7 solo tackles and an assisted tackle. Despite a sack from Alex Anzalone, the defense failed to secure any interceptions, underlining a need for improvement.



According to the NFL Odds from BUSR, the Falcons, despite their undefeated start, are listed as 3.5 point underdogs. The rise of the Falcons this season has been attributed to the formidable duo of Bijan Robinson and a much-improved Desmond Ridder. Their performance against the Packers solidified their stance in the league. Conversely, the Lions have had a mixed start. Their emphatic win against Kansas City was overshadowed by their subsequent loss against the Seahawks, revealing glaring defensive vulnerabilities. The potency of the Falcons’ offense might prove too much for the Lions to handle. Yet, the Lions, equipped with a robust team, could pull off a win at their home turf, especially in their quest for redemption. However, given their history of narrow victories, even if they emerge victorious, the margin is likely to be slender. For those looking to place bets, putting faith in the Falcons to cover the spread seems like a wise choice.


Injury Report

For the Atlanta Falcons, the injury concerns loom large. Cornerback J. Okudah, running back C. Patterson, and linebacker T. Andersen are all listed as day-to-day due to injuries ranging from ankle troubles to concussion. Their offense and defense both have been hit with players such as P. Hart (WR), M. Hennessy (OL), A. Ogundeji (LB), F. Franks (TE), E. Greenidge (OL), I. Enechukwu (DL), and A. Williams (RB) currently on Injury Reserve.

The Detroit Lions, on the other hand, have their fair share of woes. Linebacker J. Houston is expected to return by mid-November. Key players like D. Montgomery (RB), T. Decker (OT), and E. Moseley (CB) are battling day-to-day injuries. Their lineup further dwindles with players like J. Paschal (DL), K. Dorsey (CB), J. Okwara (LB), C. Gardner-Johnson (DB), N. Sudfeld (QB), S. Zylstra (TE), and H. Hooker (QB) sidelined due to various reasons. Notably, J. Williams (WR) is suspended and will only be eligible by Week 7.