The Detroit Lions managed to get a little bit of momentum back with a win over the Arizona Cardinals, but in the minds of many, that’s where the mojo stops. This weekend, Detroit will head out on the road to take on the Buffalo Bills. According to VegasInsider.com, the Lions are 2.5 point underdogs to the Bills, which makes a tiny bit of sense given how unimpressive the Lions were in their road win this past weekend.
Obviously, after a closer than expected loss to the Los Angeles Rams and a win over the Cardinals, the Lions were going to pick up a little steam taking on a team which has one less win, but obviously, folks are a believer in the Bills more than the Lions at this point, especially considering the game is on the road for Detroit, which could tip the scales.
Last week, Detroit’s matchup pitted the Lions and Cardinals in a battle to see which team would move up in the draft order, and the Lions were unfazed, edging out a nice win over Arizona on the road for the franchise’s first victory there since 1993. Indeed, the Lions were able to keep a tiny bit of momentum and some of their faint playoff dreams alive temporarily. The Lions can still have a good game against the Bills to build some momentum and feel better about a second straight road win, if only to build momentum for 2019.
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This season, the Lions struggled at times to stop the run and their offense has been inconsistent as well with Matthew Stafford looking the part of a turnover machine, leading to their bigger problems the first few weeks into the season. Those problems all seemed to go away at once against New England at home and then again when taking out the Green Bay Packers a few weeks back, but now, the are reeling again after two tough losses to Chicago and one of the toughest teams on their schedule. Bouncing back against a bottom feeder like Arizona clearly won’t inspire much confidence from anyone, either in the fanbase or in Las Vegas.
When the Lions and Bills do meet, it will be the first time this has happened since 2014, a day where the Lions lost an ugly 17-14 contest at home and watched Jim Schwartz get carried off the field. A lot has changed since then for both teams, and it’s safe to say that each side will be challenged greatly to stop the bleeding on the season and make sure they can measure up in a big way on the field and simply not get embarrassed. The Lions did manage to do that a bit in Arizona this past weekend.
We’ll see how the line might shift heading into the weekend, but as for now, the Lions are a road underdog again, this time against one of the worst teams they are likely to face the rest of the way.