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Week 13 opening odds: Lions road favorites over Saints

Opening odds for the Detroit Lions’ Week 13 game against the New Orleans Saints in Louisiana.

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The Detroit Lions are on the road in Week 13, traveling to Louisiana to take on the New Orleans Saints. Both teams are coming off tough losses to division rivals but still sit atop their respective divisions. The Lions (8-3) hold a two-game lead in the NFC North, while the Saints (5-6) are tied with the Falcons—after falling to them 24-15 on Sunday—for the lead in the NFC South. However, the Falcons now hold the tiebreaker after their head-to-head win.

When the 2023 schedule was released, the Lions were initially 1.5-point favorites, and since then, the Lions' overall performances through 11 games have resulted in that line increasing.

Currently, the folks over at DraftKings have set the Week 13 opening betting line as Lions -3.5 points. The moneyline settles in at Lions -175, while the Packers are at +145, with the over/under line set at 44.5 points.

The Lions will be looking to get back on track after a five-day/two-game stretch that saw the team struggle both on offense and defense. It was the difficulties on offense that were the most surprising, and things don’t get any easier with a top-10 Saints defense waiting for them.

The Saints’ defense is their biggest weapon, but they are not without flaws. Pro Bowl corner Marshon Lattimore was just placed on injured reserve and the run defense just gave up 228 yards (5.6 yards per carry) on the ground to the Falcons. On offense, Pro Bowl wide receiver Michael Thomas is also on injured reserve, while second-year stud Chris Olave suffered a concussion last game and will have to clear protocols in order to be eligible to play this week.

This should be a fun challenge with a lot of former players and coaches on both sides of the field, including Lions coach Dan Campbell and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, who both coached for the Saints for five seasons, linebacker Alex Anzalone, who was drafted by the Saints and played for them for four seasons, as well as Saints running back Jamaal Williams, who was an emotional leader of the Lions the previous two seasons. The Saints also roster linebacker Nephi Sewell, who is the brother of Lions Pro Bowl right tackle Penei Sewell.

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