The NFL heads back to London with two teams combining for just three wins on the season. Detroit is 1-6 after losing to the Vikings, and Kansas City is 2-5.
Opening Odds & Line Movement
Open: -6 -105 at Pinnacle
The Chiefs opened up for this “home” game as 6-point favorites over the Lions, but the NFL odds went down to -5.5, then -5, -4.5 before moving back up to -5.5, and good luck trying to figure out why. The Chiefs are probably the better team, but Jamaal Charles' knee injury basically destroyed their season....until they pulled out the Pittsburgh win and another victory would give them momentum going into their bye. The Lions might be absolutely done for 2015, but it'll be interesting to see how these offensive changes helps Detroit, if it does at all.
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Don't worry, Detroit fans: WR Calvin Johnson didn't practice on Wednesday because of his ankle, but he'll play on Sunday as the Lions try to rest their star. TE Brandon Pettigrew returned to practice with his knee injury, and he is likely to suit up this weekend at Wembley, where head coach Jim Caldwell has to be on the hot seat.
The Chiefs' biggest concern seems to be WR Jeremy Maclin, who suffered a concussion, but practiced in full on Wednesday and he should be ready to go on Sunday. Outside of Charles, who of course is going for the season with a torn ACL, Maclin is the Chiefs' best offensive option and they already struggle to put up points. Without him, Alex Smith would be in trouble as the Chiefs look to save their season.
The Lions have covered just once in their last seven games, while the Chiefs aren't much better, covering just once in their last six. Detroit has gone over the posted total in three straight games, while Kansas City has gone under in three games in a row. This total opened up at 45.5 points, and is now down to 45.
These two have met five times since 1996, with the Chiefs going 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS against the Lions. All five of those games went over the posted, and three were in Detroit.
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