The Detroit Lions have a shot of hitting .500 this weekend, as they take on the lethargic Carolina Panthers, who just want to end a lengthy losing skid. Will the Lions make the NFC North division race more interesting with a win? Or will the Panthers get back in the win column? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Detroit Lions vs Carolina Panthers Regular Season Week 11 Game on November 22, 2020
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
When: Sunday, November 22, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Detroit Lions (odds)
Regular Season Record: 4-5
Lions head coach Matt Patricia must have let out a huge sigh of relief last Sunday, as his Lions avoided a three-game skid with a 30-27 win at home over the Washington Football Team, thanks to the strong kicking leg of Matt Prater, who drilled the game-winning 59-yard field goal. Matthew Stafford had 276 passing yards and three touchdowns without an interception on 24-of-33 completions. Although he hurt his thumb in that game, he’s reportedly going to be just fine and ready to roll against the Panthers. There’s also hope that talented wide receiver Kenny Golladay can return to action after missing the Washington game with a hip injury. But despite facing the No. 1 DVOA pass defense last Sunday, Stafford managed to have success in the passing attack with Marvin Jones Jr., Marvin Hall, and the up-and-coming D’Andre Swift helping the quarterback downfield. The Panthers should be an easier pass defense to deal with for Stafford, as Carolina is just 22nd in the league with 255.5 passing yards allowed per game.
The Lions are 3-1 against the spread in their last four road games.
Betting on the Carolina Panthers (odds)
Regular Season Record: 3-7
The Panthers’ free fall continued last Sunday during a 46-23 loss at home to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For those keeping count, that’s Carolina’s fifth-loss in a row. What’s worse is that the Panthers may not have Teddy Bridgewater in Week 11, at least, as the quarterback sustained a mild MCL sprain in the loss to the Bucs. He’s not yet ruled out, as of this writing, but if eventually gets sidelined, the Panthers’ offense will be orchestrated by Will Grier on the field against Detroit. The Panthers are also expecting running back Christian McCaffrey to play because of a shoulder injury. That said, Mike Davis has proven to be a capable running back in lieu of McCaffrey this season, and he could be the best weapon of Carolina against Detroit’s defense that is giving up 141.6 rushing yards per game — third-worst in the NFL. Davis has two rushing scores and two receiving touchdowns on the season.
The under is 2-1-1 in the Panthers’ last four home games.
The Lions win, 30-23.
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