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NFL Betting: Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons kick off the 2008 NFL betting season at home looking to bounce back from a dreadful 2007 campaign by playing against Detroit.

Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday, September 7 at 1:00 ET. Detroit won all four of its pre-season games SU, while the Falcons came in at 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS in exhibition play. The last time these teams met during the regular season was in 2006 when the Lions beat the Falcons at home by a 30-14 final count to avenge the bludgeoning they absorbed on Thanksgiving Day the year before.

In pre-season action last week, NFL odds declared the Buffalo Bills as a three-point favorite over the Detroit Lions in Buffalo. The ‘total’ is this football betting contest was set at 34. Both teams rested their starting players in preparation for the regular season and so there was not much offense to speak of at all.

Lions second string quarterback Dan Orlovsky threw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Jerome Felton in the second quarter, and later on in the half, the Lions scored their second safety of the game. The 14-6 final score fell below the predicted ‘total’ and pleased NFL bettors who picked the under in the contest.

Last Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, the Baltimore Ravens were 2.5-point favorites over the Atlanta Falcons in each club final NFL pre-season wagering contest, with the ‘total’ set at 33. Atlanta was penalized 11 times for 83 yards throughout the game, and had to punt 10 times.

There was very little offense to speak of; the only highlight came in the second quarter when Falcons quarterback D.J. Shockley threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to WR Brian Finneran.

This was the only touchdown of the game. NFL bettors who picked Atlanta, getting the points or straight up, were victorious, as were those players who picked the total to go under the predicted NFL betting line. The Detroit Lions are three point road favorites over the Atlanta Falcons, with the ‘total’ coming in at 41.

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