Week 15 NFL Betting: Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders Odds, Prediction, and Pick

Detroit Lions

This is one of the most interesting match-ups of the weekend here, as the Detroit Lions head on the road to take on the Oakland Raiders.  The Lions are currently looking to hold on to a Wild Card spot in the NFC, while the Oakland Raiders are looking to regain form after losing two games in a row and being overtake for the lead in the AFC West.  They’ll need to get back to their winning ways in order to catch Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos for the divisional lead.  Now, this match-up is obviously huge heading into the final two weeks of the season, as the Lions are sitting at 8-5 overall, and the Raiders are 7-6 overall.  The Lions won last week after losing three of their last four, and looking like they were in serious danger of falling out of playoff contention.

The Raiders on the other hand looked to have turned a corner after Carson Palmer and company had pulled off three straight wins, but they could be in trouble if they can’t turn it around right now at home.  This game is crucial, and fortunately for Oakland it’ll be played in their home stadium.  One of the most interesting match-ups to watch here will be Matthew Stafford against the Raiders defense, and also the Raiders running game against the Lions front line.

This game will kick off at 4:05pm and will be a great betting option!

Odds and Sports Betting Line

Detroit Lions: -1

Oakland Raiders: +1

Free Prediction

What a game here, and it’s not surprising at all that this one is almost a pick.  The Lions looked solid last week, but still have quite a bit to prove in order to show that they are in the elite of the NFL.  The Raiders on the other hand, well, they have a lot to show in general before anyone can consider them a playoff team, and say that they have a shot to knock off the Broncos.  I think that it’ll be a close one, but that the Lions are going to take over when it matters and pull out a nice win on the road to put themselves one step closer to a 2011 Playoff berth.  I’m going with the Lions by a touchdown on the road.

Prediction:  Detroit Lions- 27 Oakland Raiders- 20

Free Pick

I assumed this one would be around a pick, and -1 for the road team sounds just about spot on.  While I think that the Raiders are going to come out strong, this Lions team just seems to have whatever “it” is this season, and I think that they are going to be playoff bound, and also cause some problems in the playoffs as well.  I think the Raiders could actually have the lead for a good amount of the game, but Stafford, and Calvin Johnson are going to get the job done when it matters most, in the 4th quarter.  I’m picking the Detroit Lions to get the win and the cover here.

Pick:  Detroit Lions -1