Lions Favored on NFL Odds Over Eli Manning & Giants

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 8:46 PM GMT

Wednesday, Sep. 3, 2014 8:46 PM GMT

Both Detroit and New York finished at 7-9 last season, disappointing results considering the expectations that were in place prior to the start of the year. Will we see more of the same this season, or is there one of these teams that we think will bounce back, starting in Week 1?

The Lions will be at home to start the season, and a win would give them some early-season confidence that could perhaps spur them on to a more successful regular season. Seven games again just isn't going to cut it.

There was a similar feeling of under-achieving for Eli Manning and the Giants, who showcased maddening inconsistency en route to their forgettable record.

It's a fresh start for both teams, and right now you can find Detroit favored by 5.5 or even 6 points on the NFL odds depending on which sportsbook you use. At one point the Lions were just four-point chalk, so the public obviously liked that opening number on the home team.

For those wanting to make a play on the total, the number has slowly but steadily risen from 45.5 up to 47.

Detroit in 2013-14 regular season: 7-9 SU, 6-10 ATS, +1.2 margin of victory

New York in 2013-14 regular season: 7-9 SU, 7-9 ATS, -5.6 margin of victory

Offensively, the Lions should put up plenty of points once again. Matthew Stafford is going to be slinging the ball to Calvin Johnson as much as humanly possible, while Reggie Bush and Joique Bell will handle the running back duties.

There are some playmakers on the other side of the ball for Detroit too, namely Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and linebacker Stephen Tulloch. Whether or not the Lions can show consistency on both sides of the ball and win the turnover battle remains to be seen. With Stafford at the helm, that appears unlikely.

There have been a few changes to New York's top offensive personnel. While Eli Manning is locked in as the starting QB, it looks like Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams and Peyton Hillis could all have a part to play in the backfield. Victor Cruz is the clear-cut number one, with Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham (when healthy) looking to make an impact as well. Defensively, the Giants were actually decent last season, and the addition of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could help the secondary.

Check back with us later in the week to see if we fancy an ATS or O/U play for our Free NFL Pick in this Week 1 tussle.

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