NFL Wild Card Playoffs 2011: New Orleans Saints v Detroit Lions

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Wed, 2012-01-04 02:15 -- TheFootballLines

The NFL Wild Card Playoffs second matchup sees the New Orleans Saints hosting the Detroit Lions. The Latest NFL Lines see the Saints as -10.5 point spread favorites with an over under line of O/U 58.5. In NFL Odds markets the leading sportsbooks have the New Orleans Saints at around -585 (1.17) and the Detroit Lions at +487 (5.87).

The Saints

New Orleans finished 1st in the NFC South, with a 13-3 overall record, 8-0 home record and a points differential of (+13). As would be expected the Saints rank highly in most stats including (2nd) in the league for average Points per Game with 34.2, (1st) for Total Yards with 467.1, (1st) in Passing Yards with 334.2 and (6th) in Rushing Yards with 132.9.

In NFL wagering results for the regular season the New Orleans Saints are 12-4 against the closing point spread, having covered the spread in their last 8 games. In over under betting the Saints are 9-7 with their last 3 games all going over the closing total and in money line odds wagering they show a profit of +$211 against the closing Odds ( $100 bets each week).

You need to go back to week 8 to find the last time that the Saints tasted defeat when they went down to the Rams (21-31). Since then it has been smooth sailing with 8 straight wins lead by their record breaking quarterback Drew Brees. The last three weeks of the regular season saw the Saints defeat MIN (42-20), ATL (45-16) and CAR (45-17).

The Lions