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Philadelphia Eagles vs.†Detroit Lions Betting Lines - Prediction ATS

Philadelphia Eagles†(3-0†SU,†3-0†ATS) vs.†Detroit Lions†(1-3†SU,†1-3†ATS)
NFL†Week†5
Date/Time: Sunday, October 9, 2016, 1 pm EST
Where:†Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
TV:†Fox, DirecTV 710
by†Badger, Expert†Football†Handicapper, Predictem.com

Point Spread:†PHI -3/DET +3
Over/Under Total:†46

The surprising Philadelphia Eagles and their rookie quarterback Carson Wentz will look to keep the early season momentum rolling following an early bye week when they travel to Ford Field in Detroit to take on the struggling 1-3 Lions in an early game Sunday on Fox

With a 3-0 start behind Wentz and rookie head coach Doug Pederson, the Eagles have been one of the feel good stories in the first four weeks of the NFL season. Emotions are riding high in Philly these days, especially since the last time out the Eagles laid a, 34-3, whoopiní on the Pittsburgh Steelers at home in the Linc. With earlier wins over suspect teams in Cleveland and Chicago, the huge victory over the Steelers has suddenly legitimized the Eagles in many peopleís minds.

With the exception of an opening season victory over the winless Colts, the Detroit Lions have struggled since with three losses in a row including last weekís, 17-14, defeat on the road against the rival Bears. An eerily similar early-season slide nearly cost head coach Jim Cadwell his job last season, so for his sake and the Lions they better hope the streak has hit the bottom and the Lions can turn around their fortunes against a rookie QB on the road.

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However, not many are exactly feeling the love for Caldwell and the Lions. Oddsmakers opened the game with the visiting Eagles and the rookie Wentz as 2.5 point favorites, but that hasnít swayed bettors from loading up on the Eagles, which has pushed the betting line up to Philly minus -3 at most sportsbooks.

The over/under total opened at 46 and hasnít moved much at all, although you may find the hook attached to it at some sportsbooks to make it 46.5 and take away the push.

Fans of both teams will remember what happened when these two teams met on Thanksgiving Day last season, a 45-14 Lions victory. Philly fans, of course, will remember it as the beginning of the end of the Chip Kelly era with the Eagles. While Lions fans will remember it as the day Caldwell ensured himself of a job this season, putting 45 points up on the Eagles with millions watching as they prepared Thanksgiving Day dinner.

With nearly 70 percent of bettors taking the Eagles right now, it would be worth noting that the home team is actually 4-1 ATS in this series over the years. However, the Lions just havenít been a great wager at Ford Field of late going just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 at home.

As far as betting trends go, if youíre a follower then youíll like to know that the over is a perfect 5-0 in the last five head-to-head meetings. The over is also 6-2 for the Lions in their last 8 home games and 7-3 in the Eagles last 10 overall.

Badger's†Pick to Cover the Point Spread:†I think everyone is getting a little too caught up in the Eagles big win over the Steelers. We all know the rookie Wentz is due for a rookie-like game sooner than later, you wouldnít expect it coming off of a bye week, but thatís what makes the NFL the NFL. Iím not drinking the Wentz and Eagles kool aid just yet. Iíll take the home barking dog Lions plus the 3-points in this spot.

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