The Detroit Lions are appearing on Sunday Night Football for the first time since NBC made it the premier game of the week. This is a reward for their 7-4 start, as they face the New Orleans Saints in the Crescent City. Detroit is one of three teams tied for the two NFC wild card spots, so each game is critical from here until the end of the season. This week will be a difficult challenge, as Oddsshark, SB Nation's official odds partner, has listed the Lions as a 10.5 point underdog on Sunday:
New Orleans has a short week after clobbering the Giants on MNF and the Saints are now 8-1 SU and ATS in their past 9 home games. Can the Lions recover and get back into Wild Card contention?
The Saints have been virtually unstoppable at home this season, once scoring 62 points in a win over the Colts a few weeks ago.