The Detroit Lions and Matt Stafford will take on the Buffalo Bills and the up and coming Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Detroit Lions with Matt Stafford back in the lineup is playing much more confidently on offense. Stafford has the “it” quality at quarterback for the young Detroit Lions team and he is fearless under center. Ryan Fitzpatrick is bringing that same quality to the Buffalo Bills this season although it has not shown up in the win column.
Detroit Lions Defense vs Buffalo Bills Offense
The Detroit Lions improved immensely on the defensive front line with the addition of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Ndamukong Suh. They now have one of the most menacing lines in the NFL but they are still lacking when it comes to coverage on the edges by their defensive backs and safeties. Looking at their statistics may not bear this out as the Minnesota Vikings are only giving up 220 yards through the air and 130 yards on the ground.
The Buffalo Bills offense has come alive of late and their performance against the Baltimore Ravens a few weeks ago has shown they have the potential to be an explosive offense. Ryan Fitzgerald has taken over the team as the leader of a team that could be destined to be the best win less team in NFL history. CJ Spiller has not become as involved as expected in the offense as of yet but once he does get involved he will give the Buffalo Bills a Reggie Bush type threat. The Detroit Lions defense has the edge over the Buffalo Bills offense.
Detroit Lions Offense vs Buffalo Bills Defense
Matt Stafford and the Detroit Lions offense has also improved over the last two seasons, making distant memories of the 0-16 season just a few seasons ago. Stafford is the unquestioned leader and face of this team and his key number one wide receiver Calvin Johnson ranks among the best in the NFL. In the back field Kevin Smith and Jahvid Best are solid running backs that are tough to get on the ground.
The Buffalo Bills defense has the reputation for giving up big yardage on the ground. They give up an average of just over 180 yards on the ground and over190 yards per game through the air. Pressure on the quarterback is where the Buffalo Bills defense will need to focus in this game. If the Buffalo Bills can provide enough pressure on Stafford they could have a chance in this one. Detroit Lions offense has the edge over the Buffalo Bills defense.
Detroit Lions vs Buffalo Bills Pick: Pick & Breakdown
The Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills are a pick em game according to the Las Vegas Hilton Superbook. This could be one of the best games of the weekend. Both teams are playing for respect in the NFL and they are attempting to establish momentum to salvage a decent finish.
With Matt Stafford leaving the game with yet another shoulder injury in the Detroit Lions loss to the New York Jets, the edge could swing the Detroit Lions way. Keep an eye on injury reports before making a play on this game. Take the Detroit Lions over the Buffalo Bills.
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