No team in the NFL has been hotter than the Detroit Lions. How many times have you read that sentence? The Lions are 5-0 straight up and 4-0-1 against the spread, including an improbable comeback in Dallas two weeks. Detroit avoided a letdown this past Monday night when they took down the Bears at home. They host the San Francisco 49ers this week, a team nearly as hot as the Lions, in one of the week’s best games.
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The New England Patriots will travel across the country to take on the Raiders in Oakland this Sunday. Both teams have shown signs of being good enough to play into January. The Patriots no huddle, spread passing attack has been tough to stop. But so too has Oakland’s physical ground game. This is a game of contrasting styles and one that should be fun to watch.
The Miami Dolphins deserve a break. They hosted the Patriots in week 1 and the Texans in week 2. They played well enough in each game, but dropped them both. They travel to Cleveland this weekend for a date with the Browns, a team that has been blessed with a much easier schedule early on. The Browns have lost to the Bengals at home and won at Indy last Sunday.
The Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons are set to square off this Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago. For the Bears, this is the first game after their devastating home loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in last year’s NFC title game. For the Falcons, this is the first game after their devastating home loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in one of last year’s NFC divisional playoff games.
The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a big road win at Arizona. They’ll look to keep their momentum going when they take on the Saints in New Orleans.
The Cincinnati Bengals look to rebound from their tough Monday night loss to the Steelers when travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts. Indy started as an 8 point home favorite, but the line has been pulled down to 7 points at most sites. The squares are playing the Colts at better than 2:1, which means the sharps are backing the Bengals in this contest. The public always seems to back the Colts, and this week is no different. But consider fading this public favorite and taking the Bengals with the points. 5 Dimes and SportBet are still posting the opening number, so get the extra value if you can.
The New York Jets have been playing some of the best football in the NFL. They’re on a five game winning streak and look to make it six this Sunday afternoon when they host the Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins, FedEx Field, Landover, MD
Sunday, October 10, 2010, 1:00 pm EST, TV: FOX
Opening Line: Packers -3
Current Line: Packers -2.5
Opening Total: 43.5
Current Total: 45
Money Line: Packers -140 / Redskins +120
Bet this game at Bodog Sportsbook and take the +3 on the Redskins!
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been the most dominant team in the young NFL season. They’ve beaten good teams – Atlanta, Tennessee, and Tampa Bay. This week they have their toughest test when they welcome the Baltimore Ravens to the Steel City.
The New Orleans Saints (2-0) are still looking to break out offensively as they host the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) on Sunday in a key NFC South matchup. The Saints -3.5 on the current NFL odds have outscored their first two opponents by a combined eight points – averaging just 297.5 yards to rank 21st in the NFL – and hope quarterback Drew Brees can break out with a big game here.