Detroit Lions vs Carolina Panthers
Two NFC teams coming off losses will meet in Detroit on Sunday when the Lions (3-6) host the Carolina Panthers (6-3) as small road favorites at sportsbooks. The difference is the Lions have lost three games in a row, while the Panthers suffered their first loss in four games following a three-game winning streak when they were blown out 52-21 by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Week 10 Thursday night matchup. The Lions scored two garbage touchdowns in the fourth to make the final score 34-22, but they still performed poorly as the Bears snapped a 10-game skid against NFC North opponents. You can certainly argue that Detroit’s road loss to the Chicago Bears was equally bad last Sunday, trailing 26-7 at halftime and 34-10 at the end of the third quarter. Carolina will be on the road for the second consecutive week, although the team has had extra time to prepare for Detroit and has won six of the past seven meetings.
lions can’t lose all three matches so will be looking to steal a win. The Lions have played better at home this season for the most part outside of a pair of ugly losses to the New York Jets in their first at Ford Field and to the Seattle Seahawks in their last. In between, they upset the New England Patriots 26-10 as seven-point home underdogs and beat the Green Bay Packers 31-23 in a key divisional game. Detroit’s three-game losing streak is definitely concerning, but the team begins a crucial three-game homestand now that will make or break Matt Patricia’s first year as head coach. After the meeting with the Panthers, the Lions will host Chicago on Thanksgiving and the Los Angeles Rams in Week 13.