Las Vegas Raiders vs. Detroit Lions kicks off Monday at 8:15 pm EST in Detroit as a home game for the Lions. The Raiders are currently a +8 underdog and +328 on the moneyline while the total is set at 46.5. Read on for more Las Vegas Raiders vs. Detroit Lions best bets and predictions as the Lions look to get back on track by covering the spread.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Detroit Lions Prediction & Best Bet
After generating some buzz as a potential Super Bowl contender, the Lions fell hard back to reality after getting dismantled by the Baltimore Ravens. Jared Goff’s road struggles were on full display, failing to throw a tight spiral in the heavy winds. The defense was consistently scrambled by Lamar Jackson’s dual-threat ability, struggling to stay on an island and spy the quarterback while also having to sit in coverage.
Lucky for Jared Goff and the rest of the Lions, they now get to go back home and host the lowly Raiders in a crucial get-right spot. The Raiders have massive holes in production on both sides of the ball. Especially on defense, fielding a unit that generates little to no pressure backed behind a weak defensive line. They currently rank 30th in Pressure and 30th in Defensive Line Yards. Outside of Maxx Crosby, the Raiders do not possess another consistent playmaker on the line.
That plays right into the Lions hands as they still boast one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, more than capable of holding its own against the weak Raiders unit. That gives Goff plenty of time to operate in the pocket, as well as give his play makers extra time to create separation as they streak across the middle. Creating separation should come at ease for the likes of Amon-Ra St Brown as the Raiders coverage is one of the worst in the league.
The Lions defensive line is due for a bounce back after being held to relatively nothing in their last game out. The Raiders offense is as brutally bad as it comes, ranking 31st in DVOA, 28th in Pass DVOA, and 32nd in Rush DVOA. This is in large part of their offensive line ranking 30th in Adjusted Line Yards, getting abused and immediately pushed back from the snap. This drastically helps the Lions secondary as their defensive line gets the ability to consistently generate pressure into the Raiders backfield.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Detroit Lions Prediction & Best Bet: Lions -8
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Detroit Lions Best Betting Odds
Oddsmakers also lean toward the Detroit bounce back sentiment as they opened the Lions as a -8 favorite. Bettors believe number opened too low, backing the Lions up to as high as -9 in some shops. That comes as no surprise as they have major advantages on both sides of the ball and are in a position to routinely push the Raiders offense off the field.
As for the total, points are expected to be scored at a quick pace as oddsmakers opened the total at 49.5. Bettors believe that opened way too high, backing the under down to as low as 46.5 as of writing. This is in correlation to a Lions defensive get right opportunity, getting the chance to abuse a weak Raiders offensive line.
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Can Jahmyr Gibbs continue to carve out a role in the Lions backfield?
Jahmyr Gibbs Vs. Raiders Front Seven
Expected to split snaps after getting selected in the first round, Gibbs has had an underwhelming start to his career. That was until David Montgomery went down with an injury, getting his first start against the Ravens and rushed for 68 yards and one touchdown.
Jahmyr Gibbs gets his FIRST NFL touchdown! pic.twitter.com/Ng5prFKrNy
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His attempts were limited as the Lions played from behind since the opening kickoff, now getting the opportunity to command a majority share as they should be comfortably ahead. Gibbs is in a great position to succeed, getting the opportunity to run wild against a Raiders defense who ranks 28th in Def Rush DVOA, 31st in Def Rush Success Rate, and 31st in Def Rush EPA.