It’s Dan Campbell’s first season as the coach of the Detroit Lions. Heading into Week 10, he’s yet to win a game.
The NFL betting lines seem to recognize that fact. Currently, the Lions are the road underdog by eight-and-a-half points for their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon.
Do the Lions have a chance to cover the spread in Week 10?
Let’s find out.
Detroit Lions: Can Jared Goff Play Well in Week 10?
After nine weeks, Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff has struggled. The Lions had a bye in Week 9. In Week 8, they lost at home to the Philadelphia Eagles, 44-6.
Goff went 25-for-35 and threw for 222 yards without a touchdown in that game. Jermar Jefferson (the Lions’ seventh-round draft pick in 2021) ran for a rushing score in the fourth quarter, but kicker Austin Seibert missed the point-after-attempt.
In their last road game, the Lions fell to the Los Angeles Rams, 28-19. Again, Goff played poorly, throwing for 268 yards with a touchdown pass and two interceptions against his former team.
He’s thrown four out of his six interceptions this season on the road. They’ve all come in his last five games.
So, it seems to be getting worse for Goff and the Lions—not better.
Can he play well on the road against the Steelers? Well, the Lions offer bettors a money line at +310.
Perhaps that’s because the Lions have to win sometime, don’t they? They came close in Week 5 at home against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Lions scored 11 points in the fourth quarter of that contest, taking a one-point lead with only 37 seconds remaining. However, the Vikings kicked a 54-yard field goal on the game’s last play to win 19-17.
This week, the Lions face a Steelers defense giving up about 21 points per game on average.
Goff needs to step it up.
Lions vs. Steelers
This week, the one good thing for the Lions is that the Steelers are 1-4 at home ATS this season. The Lions are 2-2 ATS on the road.
So, if the Lions have any chance of covering the spread, it’s not impossible.
Take a look at the Steelers last week. They won at home against the Chicago Bears but just barely.
The Steelers led 20-6 heading into the fourth quarter when the Bears scored 21 points. The Bears took a one-point lead with about a minute to go, leaving enough time for Ben Roethlisberger to get his team in position for a successful field goal attempt.
With 26 seconds left, the Bears had a chance to score again. But they missed a 65-yard field goal on the final play of the game.
The Lions might have a decent chance to cover the spread against the Steelers. Against a 5-3 team that has won four games by seven points or less, I’d take the eight-and-a-half points.
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